One common step in recipes for making lemonade is to “chill before serving.” So the mixture of lemon juice, sugar and water gets to sit inside a cold, dark refrigerator until someone decides it’s been long enough and pulls the pitcher out to pour a glass full of cold and refreshing lemonade.

Sound like fun? Not in real life either.

Waiting is never easy, especially when we can’t see what’s happening. But trust me, something is happening while we wait. Distractions fade. Flavors meld and are enhanced by each other. Anticipation builds as we wonder what it will be like when the door suddenly opens.

Waiting in the dark reminds me of the flower bulbs in my yard. They spend many long cold winter days buried underground, just waiting for the right time to put out leaves and push upward with a colorful bloom for the world to see. Kinda like when my daughter cruised around furniture for a year before letting go and taking her first solo step … and was running two weeks later. Or when she spent months struggling to learn beginning phonics skills yet sight-read the first and last names of all of her classmates on their valentine cards.

Be still. Chill. Wait. And know that someday in the future, the door will open and the mixture of your life will be poured out to bring a blessing to someone else. (Oh, and guess what, you’re usually not alone when inside the fridge!)

What about you? What are you waiting for? Do you find it easy to wait? What have you learned during times in the dark?

Chilling and Waiting
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  • September 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks, honey. Mom’s in the frig. in a few areas, but quite blessed to know I’m also not forsaken nor alone.

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