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18th March
written by Michelle


It’s Friday again. So I am following The Gypsy Mama’s advice and spending 5 minutes once week to “take the chance to just write, and not worry if it’s just right or not.


Here is goes…Thoughts On Waiting:

Waiting is hard. I don´t know many people who actually enjoying waiting. And I would include myself in this group, too. I’d much rather be doing, moving, and making something happen, as opposed to just w.a.i.t.i.n.g

I have friends who are waiting to get pregnant, couples who are waiting for their house to sell. I know people who have been waiting for to find a job for months and others who are waiting for healing from a disease. I know friends who are waiting to get married, waiting for someone to return and waiting to hear if they got accepted to the program.

The thing about waiting is its universal. We all wait. For something.

And I am learning I think it´s how we wait that makes all the difference.

As Ive been learning Spanish I think its fascinating that the word “to wait” (esperar) is the same word used for hoping and expecting. Esperar literally means to hope, to wait and to expect. I wonder how those three words are more connected than we think? It makes me want to be a person who can wait with hope. A person who can wait with expectation. A person who will hold to the belief that how ever hard the wiating and wondering and not knowing is, there is something worthwhile about also learning how to hold on to hope.

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  1. 18/03/2011

    Yes, we are all waiting for something. But the difference is HOW we wait. I agree.

  2. 18/03/2011

    Such a neat connection you found with the English and Spanish words. I love thinking about waiting as hoping. Thanks!

  3. 18/03/2011

    Found you from LJ’s linky list! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that waiting/hoping/expecting all mean the same thing in Spanish. I love your last sentence. I want to be a person that waits knowing that there is something worthwhile at the end. I blogged too! And Psalm 27:13-14 kind of have to deal with just that! Enjoyed your post! :)

  4. i love linguistics and word play. i have a fantastic advent devotional that impressed the hoping, active part of waiting on my heart that season. we think of waiting as being so passive, but it can be so rich with the fullness of time, meaning, and purpose.


  5. Lauren

    Thank you for pointing that out ! I love when one language helps to point out something helpful/encouraging in the other! as someone full of all three of those things=hope, expectation and in a time of waiting, I really appreciated reading your post.

  6. Chelsea

    This is good, Michelle! Thank you.

  7. Kathleen

    Thanks! The challenge with waiting is trusting the process and not losing hope!

  8. 18/03/2011

    this is a brilliant post!!!
    thanks for sharing.

  9. Wendy Ashenbrenner

    So good. Our grandaughter is named Esperanza. I love it that it means hope. Sometimes in waiting the hope doesn’t have to be very big - just a little puts us in the right frame of mind. Interesting topic. Keep writing.

  10. Michelle

    Thanks, Kathleen, Nicole, Rebekah, and Suzannah welcome to the blog! Isn’t LJ’s Five Minute Fridays a great ideas? Thanks for the encouragement.

    Lauren, I agree. I love when I’m learning something in Spanish that helps me understand the culture here or my own. Did you know there is no way to say “I’m looking forward to…” in Spanish. I thought about making one up. “Estoy mirando mas adelante a” pero mi maestro de espanol did not agree.

    Wendy, I didn’t know she was named Esperanza?!? Maybe I’ll get to meet her one of these days.

  11. 19/03/2011

    Hey Michelle, thanks for the comment :)
    Haha, feel free to look around. You should definitely come visit Malaysia some day :)
    Also, I’m very much Malaysian and as Asian as they come by the way. Tall yes, but American no. Hehehe. Would love to travel around the USofA some day though :)

  12. 19/03/2011

    Great post - I have noticed that about the Spanish word too, I love how language opens up new viewpoints, I feel that way often when I read the Bible in Spanish.

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