Learn To Wait

Samuel Beckett wrote a play wherein two men engage in seemingly random conversations while Waiting for Godot–who never arrives. When one starts to leave, the other reminds him, “Remember, we are waiting for Godot.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer advised us, “Learning about advent means learning about waiting.”

Is waiting something we need to learn?

I remember being about 9 and waiting outside a house after a drum lesson for dad to arrive to take me home. I thought he’d never make it. Sometimes waiting is forced upon us. Is that how we learn?

You cannot learn waiting by reading about its meaning. You can learn the etymology of the word. You may learn some contexts for the word.

Like Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, you learn waiting by intentionally pausing your day anticipating the arrival of someone or something.

Maybe it is waiting in expectation like Mary waiting out the nine months for the birth of a miracle child. What does it mean? What will he be like? How will I raise him?


Rather than waiting with excitement for December 25 in order to inspect the stuff left behind by St. Nicholas or Santa Claus, advent requires a different sort of waiting.

We talk about things while we wait. But in this play Godot actually comes. In the form of Jesus, of course.

Read Luke and Matthew. Read about all the people they describe who had waited throughout a long life for this birth. For the advent of this spiritual renewal.


2 Responses to “Learn To Wait”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    So true. I also think about Saul, sometimes we get impatient while waiting and decide to take matters into our own hands. Waiting can build trust. Thanks for sharing Gary.

    • Gary Mintchell Says:

      I like that thought “waiting can build trust.” I’ve been writing about “trusted data” on my professional side. The issue of trust runs deep.

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