On Hold

We are flying out tomorrow for a big, long dreamed of vacation. Due to an unforeseen glitch, I found myself needing to contact the airline to ensure that I do not end up paying for baggage. I don’t want to be dealing with this at the airport. I find airports stressful enough without glitches. So, I found myself on hold.

Due to the recent pandemic, airlines are very short staffed-very. They offered to hold my spot in line and call me back within 70 minutes. I took them up on that offer. Needless to say, the call came 5 hours later during the one minute I walked away from my phone, and I couldn’t get back to it fast enough. I tried to call back and was told I would be on hold for at least two hours with no offer for the call back. Ugh.

As I now wait for a return text from the airline, I’m reminded how hard it is to wait. In particular, to wait on God. Waiting for answers to prayer, waiting for direction, waiting for perspective are exceptionally challenging for me.

28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV).

I often get tired and weary, but God never does. I often get frustrated and want circumstances to change, but my hope remains in God. I need to remind myself where my strength comes from. When I do, my burdens are lighter, my heart is at peace and I find rest in the waiting. So, I’m taking a deep breath and leaning on the one who lightens my burdens.

By the way, I’m still on hold, and one way or another the trip will happen.

What do you do when you have to wait? What do you do when you are put on hold? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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