I work in an ER where we’re known for our waiting rooms.
I don’t want to brag, but when I’m working in the ER, nobody ever waits.
I’m that good. Or at least I tell myself that.
Regardless, as I reflect over the kinds of people who wait, I’ve come to the conclusion that
there are 3 kinds of people in every waiting room:
#1 Those that are waiting to be seen
This group of people are desperate to be heard. They want to be seen. In fact, come to think of it, they may not even have a problem. They just want to be seen, noticed, talked to, called out of the crowd. It’s all about me, me, me. Can you pick me to do the big job? Can you pick me to save the world? Can you pick me to stand up on that platform?
My friend Christine Caine said this recently: “Most of you sacrifice your destiny on the altar of a position you want because you won’t accept the place God wants you in. If you embrace your place, God will promote you.”
If you’re in a place of waiting but long to be “seen”, stop and consider whether it’s time for you to simply enjoy the waiting room until God chooses to promote you.
#2 Those that are waiting to get their answer
No matter how long this group waits, the only thing they are interested in hearing is what they want to hear. As long as you tell them they are correct, and agree with their diagnosis, they’ll leave happy and may even ignore the waiting time. But if you dare give them an answer they don’t like, well don’t even consider that an option!
I can’t tell you how often I’ve ended up in the pit of disappointment because in my narrow minded waiting room, I’ve convinced myself that I know the answer and won’t be happy unless I get that very answer. If this group describes you, perhaps it’s time to lay down your solutions and embrace God’s. It’s freeing to walk in the truth.
#3 Those that are waiting to see the doctor
This is clearly my favorite group. Their main concern in the waiting room is to get face time with the doctor. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to finally see the doctor, this group knows the goal, and they understand that time with the doctor is worth every minute of waiting. They eagerly listen to what the doctor will say and they have already committed to do whatever the doctor tells them to do.
There is nothing quite like spending a few moments with people who long to be with the doctor. In those few moments together, this group of people literally beams.
I don’t think I need to spell it out for you. There are 3 kinds of people in the waiting. Which group best describes you?