The Waiting Game

Have you ever felt helpless while waiting for something BIG to happen?

Maybe it’s waiting for the right job, where it doesn’t feel like a job because you love it so much. Maybe it’s waiting for an improvement of health for you or a loved one. Or maybe it’s waiting for this special surprise to happen that you have planned for your spouse, hoping everything goes well.

In December of 2012, I was in Oklahoma around Christmas time with my girlfriend’s family. I knew it was going to be an important trip because I was about to have “The Talk” with her dad. With the help of her sister, I was able to talk with him without it being secretive. To my surprise, he gave me his blessing to marry his daughter without a long discussion – thanks old man!

As I drove back home after the trip, the waiting game officially began. I was already thinking about the ring, when I could propose and how I would do it. I was excited, anxious and nervous all at the same time. It was one of the longest and most anticipated wait times of my life, but maybe the most rewarding.

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Everything ended up going really well, as she ended up saying “Heck Yes” to cap off a successful night!

3 Lessons I Learned About Waiting

  1. Stay patient- It’s easy to want to press the fast forward button, but sometimes the journey can be the most satisfying.
  2. Stay positive- It doesn’t do any good to worry about things you can’t control. Focus on what you can control and hope for the best.
  3. Stay creative- Waiting for something usually gives you a lot of time to think. Don’t waste that time, use it to be creative and do something special.

No matter what you’re waiting on, I encourage you to stay hopeful. Even when things don’t go your way, God has a plan. Maybe it’s a learning experience, or maybe there’s something even better right around the corner. Sometimes it can be hard to wait, but when you wait the right way, eventually great things will be coming your way.

-Jordan

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