I had a bit of a revelation today during Bible study class. We were talking about waiting on God and how hard it is to trust in His timing.
Ever since my oldest daughter was little, I wanted her to be good at waiting. I think it's hugely important for us to teach our kids that waiting is important and that they can't always have what they want immediately when they want it. It's so annoying to see a child chanting over and over again what they want and how they want it NOW! I really, really didn't want my child to be like that. So, when Elisa was about 2 or so, I taught her a 'waiting' song to make it more fun while she had to wait for something - her turn when playing with friends, for her food to be ready to eat - you get the idea. The song went like this (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)...
Wait, wait, wait your turn - waiting can be fun.
Patience, Patience, Patience everyone.
We sang it over and over and over again. We would sing it on long car rides when she wanted to be home already, or when she wanted so badly to go play at the park but I had some chores to do first. It was actually really effective with her. She had fun with the song. I think it helped me to teach her that waiting can be fun and how to deal with things that aren't happening as quickly as she would like. Even now when she has trouble with waiting, I remind her of the song and she'll sing it by herself (sidenote: I have the best kid ever :)
I wonder if I need my own grown up version of the 'waiting' song.
I have such a hard time waiting on God's timing in just about every area of my life. I wonder if sometimes He is using my circumstances to teach me about the importance of learning to wait on Him. I wonder if I will ever learn the lesson. You would think that each time would get a little easier, or that I would at least be a little less impatient than the last time. Sadly, I'm not sure that's the case. I hope that today I've made progress - and that tomorrow I'll be more patient.
I can almost hear Him inviting me to sing along with Him -
"Wait, wait, wait your turn...waiting can be fun.
Patience, patience, patience everyone."