Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett
Rain, usually coveted in San Antonio, is plentiful these days. And that’s a positive spin on a potentially dangerous circumstance. Floods, power outages, roof damage, lightening strikes, and health emergencies abound. Landscapes are flourishing along with insects that bite humans and eat leaves. Wait awhile. A month from now, when immersed in San Antonio summer swelter, will we be longing again for rain?
When I and my family moved to Omaha, Nebraska too many years ago to admit, we had a rude welcome. After living in Honolulu, Hawaii, for six years, we entered the Omaha climate in mid March. It was cold. The earth was brown except for patches of ice that had not melted for months. Within days, my little ones saw snow falling for the first time—eight inches! The following week, we hurried to the basement during our first tornado warning. Neighbors, helpfully, told us, “You don’t like the weather in Nebraska? Wait. A half-hour from now it will change.”
Wait. Just wait. Wait your turn. Wait until you’re ready. Wait for the tide to turn. Anything worth having is worth waiting for. All things come to those who wait.
Sure. We get it. Waiting is good. Waiting is a virtue. But what could we do while waiting?
Well, we could get our roofs inspected, go to the doctor’s, treat our infected shrubs, dry out water-damaged spaces. We could buy snow boots, duck under the couch in the basement, read a novel, sit still.
Doing what we can do, while waiting for conditions to change, is probably a good plan. It seems, though, that it could be just as important for us NOT to do some things while waiting. For example:
When we learn of a friend’s poor medical prognosis, we could wait, praying our way to a calm, compassionate heart before calling to offer our friend support.
When a gorilla is shot and killed to save the life of a three-year-old who slipped under the zoo display barrier, we could wait, withholding indignation on social media until we hear the full story.
When we receive unfriendly or unkind feedback, we could wait, pausing to breathe and reflect and consider before replying.
When we have second thoughts about the choice we have made, we could wait, slowing down to understand our hesitation, before making the next choice.
Our ability to “wait” is an aspect of spiritual power’s capacity of self-mastery! Co-founder of Unity Charles Fillmore taught: “Patience gives self-control. We unfold the capacity to direct our behavior in right ways, a result of spirituality.”
For more about the power of waiting, join me at Unity of San Antonio this Sunday 11 a.m. Central. Or, if unable to be there, look for the audio podcast next week through unityofsa.org