Waiting Rooms

Waiting rooms are interesting places. I’ve visited several different ones over the past few days. Some appointments for myself, others for family members. Each waiting room full of people, all there for different reasons…yet all waiting. Waiting for answers, for relief, for some news.

Certain waiting rooms bring a flood of memories. Such was my experience this morning. Some of the memories were sad, but the sadness mingled with sweet faces and comforting voices. As I thought about past events, encouragement from others is what I remembered most clearly.

Other circumstances came to mind throughout the day. A room full of family and friends during my mom’s mastectomy. A dear pastor friend visiting when my father-n-law had surgery for prostate cancer. A phone call during an emergency room visit…the same emergency room I waited in today.

Today’s visit for my sweet mother-n-law was not life-threatening, but the many text messages from friends eased the waiting. Waiting is never easy, but I’m beginning to understand that it does have purpose. Waiting forces us to slow down. Forces us to place our focus on someone else. Reminds us that we are not alone.

Precious reminders come with each visit, phone call, text message, prayer.

Or in a quiet whisper…

“…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

…even when you’re just waiting.

2 thoughts on “Waiting Rooms

  1. As a mere human, one who loves other humans (and one who has spent considerable time in waiting rooms of all sorts) I must say that I’m in total agreement with you: Waiting rooms are–at best–ambiguous and –at worst– unbearable and horrific.

    But as a writer/poet I must say this: I LOVE waiting rooms. What could possibly get the inky juices flowing more reliably than a couple hours in a waiting room, whether you’re waiting for an outcome for a loved one or for word on your own diagnosis/prognosis.

    Now THAT will get your literary juices flowing, eh?

    Here’s an example I was lucky enough to have published almost a year ago: https://eggsovertokyo.blogspot.com/search?q=oncology

    Keep up the good work!


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