“They also serve who only stand and wait.”
I admit to doing a lot of sitting. I sit and think, sit and talk, sit and watch, sit and write. As mentioned in Friday’s post, in this photo taken by my DD, I was sitting and absorbing inspiration from the sight, sounds and smells of the ocean.
Sometimes I sit and wait.
Writers do a lot of waiting… waiting for time to write and inspiration to strike, or perhaps waiting to hear from beta readers, editors and agents. The most ineffective kind of waiting is passive, and I don’t believe indulging in it has any value. If we sit, wonder and worry, we fall prey to negativity. We stagnate. Active waiting puts us in control of how we are affected by the passage of time. It’s all about attitude.
Being proactive results in being productive. While we probably can’t change the outcome of whatever it is we’re awaiting, we can use the time to our advantage by doing something positive. Writers might start a new story or article, go on a research trip, contact a colleague to brainstorm or offer encouragement. Whether in life or writing, when we make an effort to wait actively, we discover there are all sorts of possibilities.
Milton’s quote is often used out of context, but so are the scripture verses below. They can be construed to mean we should just sit around (or stand) and wait for God to make something happen. But in my books faith is meant to be active. I know it’s a noun, but I prefer to think of it as a verb… a kind of ‘doing’… just as waiting should be a ‘doing’.
Can you think of other situations in which we can actively wait and thus move forward rather than be a victim of inactivity?
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart.
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