Waiting On Life To Change

12 Jul


I’m in a transition point in my life.  I’m waiting for the birth of my first child, a little girl and I receive the privilege of becoming a dad.

Though I know July 26th will get here soon enough, I keep reminding myself to enjoy this time and be present in the current chapter instead of rushing headlong into another.  This is the last time in awhile when I can enjoy peace and quiet on my own terms.  After all, now I can rest with my wife and choose to have breakfast cereal for dinner (I want to be a good role model after her birth!).

Waiting on Life

If you think about it, life is filled with waiting.  We wait years to go to school, then we wait years to get out of school.  We wait for a romance to be fulfilled, then we wait for the awkward breakups.  We wait for the next car to finish ordering so we can place our Happy Hour order at Sonic and we wait two hours to board a roller coaster.  Life is filled with waitings and expectations.

Sometimes, we need to slow down and pause, otherwise life will flow right on past us as we look for the latest and the greatest.

Ferris was right

Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  How true is that?

If I don’t pause my crazy life and soak in the experiences that come my way, then I’m going to miss out on a lot.  I simply cannot fast forward to having a child, as excited as I am.  I need to wait and be present where I am in life at this very moment.  Besides, since there is no use in speeding up to the next chapter, why not be present in the now?

The Psalmist was right

It’s still unnerving, knowing that things will be altered by the end of the month.  Change, though, is inevitable.  It’s what you do in the times of turmoil that really counts.  That’s why I’m going to stay rooted in the reality that God is God and I am not.  Or as the psalmist wrote: Be still and know that I am God.

Even in the chaos of world events, births, career changes, and other great stresses, we can rest in the fact that God is still God.  Because he still sits on the throne, we should be still and know that he will help us get through transition points.  So while you wait for change, I hope that you can find comfort in being still.

-Jeremy Riley


Jeremy Riley is the happily married husband of an incredible woman and is also a soon to be dad.  He is a recent graduate of Fuller Seminary and is currently living the dream in Orange County.  As a political staffer, he serves people by day and writes on the side.  He is a history lover, political junkie, and a stand-up desk guy.  Jeremy blogs regularly on the intersection of faith and life at jeremydriley.com and tweets @jeremydriley.

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3 Responses to “Waiting On Life To Change”

  1. Eileen July 19, 2013 at 16:50 #

    Ferris Bueller was so wise! Congrats on the upcoming birth of your little girl!


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