Karen Jordan

A Lesson from the Waiting Room

The LORD said to (Elijah), “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there ….” (1 Kings 19:15)

One minute Elijah was running from his enemy, hiding in a cave, and crying out to the Lord. And the next moment, God was sending him on his way to his next assignment.

Can you relate to Elijah in this story? I can.

Waiting rooms. That seems to be the way life goes in most waiting rooms. You arrive in a state of panic. And you may sit, paralyzed by fear, for hours, days, weeks, or even years.

Then, one day, it’s over. It ends as fast as it started. And you’re on the road to the next life-changing event—maybe a crisis or even a new adventure or challenge, like another job, relationship, or location.

That’s where I am right now—going forward to the next phase of my life, just like Elijah. All of a sudden, I’m being called out of my safe, little hideaway, and I’m on the road to the next adventure.

Road to recovery. I’ve been hiding out in my cave for awhile now—fearful of any new commitments or change, crying out to the Lord for guidance, and waiting for clear direction for my future. And new direction requires making many decisions, leaving my cave, and traveling down a new road.

Maybe it’s best that life works this way after the waiting room. The winds of life pick you up and move you forward. And the sudden rush of the wind leaves you with no quality time to spend over-analyzing the situation.

Gratitude. But I do want to take a moment to express my gratitude for my new adventure and for the lessons that I learned in my cave.

I don’t want to re-live this last waiting room experience, but I did learn some tremendous truths in the process. And although I still battle some of the same old enemies of my mind, I know I’ve become an overcomer now, not just a survivor.

Photos/Dan Jordan

What lessons have you learned in the waiting rooms of life? 

Karen Jordan writes creative nonfiction about her faith, family, and writing. She also encourages others to “tell the stories that matter most” in her writing workshops, her blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories, and her website (www.karenjordan.net).

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3 thoughts on “A Lesson from the Waiting Room”

  1. I’m there too, and not surprising we have passed each other haven’t we? This was in yesterday’s Oswald Chamber’s devotion – Waiting is not sitting with folded hands doing nothing, but it is learning to do what we are told.


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