Don’t waste waiting time.
One of the best times to invest in yourself is to use waiting time effectively. The reality about waiting is that it is a season of life too. In all we do, there is waiting involved some where and therefore, waiting is part of life and a season too.
Coming from a farming back ground, I noticed that when the harvest is off and the farmer wait for the next plant season to come, that time is used to do maintenance to equipment and prepare all so that when the planting season come everything will be ready. In all my readings I had came along this line and I thing it is very appropriate here.
I will prepare myself, the opportunity will come.
Just as we need to learn to manage time, we also need to learn to manage waiting. However, I have not yet found a person, who is comfortable with waiting. Add to it loneliness and it becomes a real tough time to pass. Over 30 years of my life I battled with loneliness and really struggled with waiting until I learned to rather use the waiting time to invest in myself and prepare myself for the future I expected.
Since 2014, my life changed radically and being forced to deal with both waiting and loneliness, after a revelation that started in Church with Psalm 118:24a – “This is the day God has brought about…” (Amplified Bible translation). Pondering on this scripture, I realised that everyday may not be good, but there certainly is good in every day. I started to use the waiting time to study and so could becomes a Nationally accredited tourist guide for South Africa. This exposed me to a whole new sector of the tourism industry. I also used the waiting time to expand my horizons to include tours to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Recently, I used waiting time to learn how to build a website and get a presence on the internet. This shifted my borders even further and now I can share my knowledge with millions out there over the whole world. I did found a great online teaching platform which I truly can recommend. Check under Tools for the link to Wealthy Affiliate. I even got my book published on Amazon during this waiting time. Find the link to This is the Day in the Book store.
I need to add here that it all has a lot to do with the picture in your mind. It is not really vision, but the picture you have about the reality of your future. In This is the Day , I talk a lot about this picture, why it is disturbed, damaged or destroyed and how to reset or replace it. If that picture is not sorted out first, it would be more difficult to manage waiting time.
When all my tours for 2018 was canceled by end February, I almost went into panic mode and gave up tourism, but I got my act together and firstly started to aggressively market myself. With favour and grace from God, my efforts were blessed, and I did get my first tour in May 2018. By the end of May I had 4 more tours booked and by end of June I had another tour added, bringing me to 6 tours and we are only in the start of the tour season in South Africa! I believe the rest of my year will be full on the tour side and that mean if my website was not done, it would not have been a reality soon.
How to deal effectively with waiting?
Waiting can be a very tough time for anyone and if that waiting time is accompanied by loneliness, it becomes a real tough season. Loneliness does not always mean you have nobody around. The late actor Robin Williams said that loneliness is not the problem, it is when people make you feel lonely. In my own experience I have found that when you go through a tough time people tend to push you on a side track. They spend less time with you or even avoid spending time with you. This is the times when the waiting season becomes real tough to handle.
Once I went through a long waiting season and at that point still did not understand it, I prayed and asked God to show me how to handle waiting. I grew up as a Christian and believe the Bible is the best handbook to life’s tough questions. There is a beautiful Bible verse that say;
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:31)
However, I also remember that Abraham had waited 99 years for God before he had the son he was promised and the Israelites spent 430 years in slavery before there journey started to the promised land. Therefor, waiting on God can take time so, I asked what I should do to manage this waiting period or season as I am not sure how long it will be. I then started writing and what I am giving here is an extract from my book. It has helped me a lot and hopefully will help you too.
What to do while waiting?
I have divided waiting into three parts.
Part 1. What to do while you wait.
Relax and trust!
- Sing or play music to lift your spirit.
- Believe in your dream!
- Wait with expectation.
- The ant does not consider the calendar to determine the seasons. If it is favourable for them to work, they work. They use every opportunity to work to the full.
- They do not limit themselves to how much they should gather. As long as the circumstances are good, they gather, and if the ant hill gets too small they enlarge it.
- When nature forces them to go into hibernation, they wait with expectation. They do not check the date and say it is not summer yet. When the weather (circumstances) changes and it is favourable to go out and work, they are out and at work.
- You may miss your opportunity and your blessing if you do not wait the full season out.
- You will make life more difficult for yourself if you try to take shortcuts and you may eventually only extend the waiting time.
- You may have to do it all over again if you allow impatience to cause you to give up to soon. Waiting is part of the process that eventually bring forth fruit.
- Talk about your vision. There is power in words.
- It builds your character and give you time to prepare for what you are about to receive and waiting for.
- It gives you time to think about things and do things you normally do not have time for.
- It teaches you to trust and maintain your hope.
- It teaches you to wait successfully, because waiting is as much a part of life as breathing.
If you are comfortable that you have done your part in whatever you are waiting for, then put that issue away and trust that the outcome will be the best for you. It is like writing an exam. When the test is done, and the paper handed in, there is nothing you can do about what is written. You only have to wait for your results. As a Christian, I put my trust in God and believe that He will bring it to pass. It may take time, but He always delivers.
Philippians 4:6 (Amplified) “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
Music has an amazing impact on our being. Sing songs or play songs with a positive message. Music lifts your spirit and keeps your hope alive. Check the bog about 25 things to lift your spirit. The Bible says that a garment of praise will lift a spirit of heaviness. Choose what you listen to carefully.
Have faith that the outcome will be good. Only speak positive things and keep the picture in your mind unchanged. Do not allow small, negative things or people, steal your hope. Hebrews 13: 5 always keeps my hope high as it promises that; “My God will never leave me helpless, nor forsake me.”
Your expectation level is crucial. Good expectations build hope. Visualise a positive outcome and speak it daily. All Mind Power talks will tell you how important self talk is. It programs your subconscious mind and that eventually directs your whole life. Don’t allow your senses to make you lose hope wail waiting. The outcome may be completely different than what you hear or see.
Part 2. The purpose of waiting. As tough as it is to wait, I believe waiting has a purpose.
The best example in the Bible for keeping a positive attitude while waiting is the scripture below in Habakkuk.
Habakkuk 3:17 – 18 (Amp):
“Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olives fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!”
Part 3. Don’t lose your patience. If you do…
1. You may miss out on the miracle or breakthrough that you have been waiting for. Good things comes to those who wait.
2. You may mess up the process and only extend the time to what your vision is.
3. If it was part of a life lesson you may have to do that lesson over.
I hope I can help you understand waiting better and learn to use this to improve your life and not get frustrated while in the season of life.
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