Snapped this photo of our Alaskan Husky Saturday morning, which got me to thinking about the question in the title.
Our pup had her eyes fixed on the trees or perhaps the road beyond, waiting for something, and she wasn’t budging.
Her patience was admirable, considering how thick the snow was coming down. After half an hour of peeking out the window at her, every five minutes, it became clear to me that she’d sit there until whatever she was waiting for showed up, or she turned into a snow drift!
Which got me to thinking… What are you waiting for?
It turns out that our dog wasn’t waiting for my daughter to come home (as sweet as that sounded). She was patiently waiting for a black squirrel (yes, we have both black and gray squirrels in our neck of the woods) to come down from the tree so she could chase it.
Now we’ve been told over and over that patience is a virtue. And I definitely believe that waiting on the Lord is always a good thing.
But…she was turning into a snow drift!
Of course, unlike what we sometimes wait for, she was waiting for something she could reasonably expect to happen sooner or later. Emphasis on the later.
So here we are in February, and many folks are already frustrated with themselves for blowing their New Year’s resolutions or for appearing to be no closer to the “goals” they set for themselves Jan 1st or 13 months ago.
Are you one of them?
Make sure the goals you’ve set for yourself are really goals, that is things you actually have control over attaining. Not hopes and dreams such as Mr. Right pounding down your door begging you to marry him or your dream publisher pounding down your door begging to buy your manuscript?
Using my writing experience as an example… From day one, I knew selling a manuscript was not something I could make happen. It was beyond my control. But I could write the best manuscript I was capable of writing, and the next, and the next, and invite agents and editors to consider them. So finishing a manuscript became my goal.
Selling the manuscript was the dream that kept me working and waiting.
I was determined not to quit. I knew the journey to publication typically took many years and several manuscripts and many more rejections. I didn’t set any deadlines such as if I don’t sell by this time, I’ll quit. I wasn’t interested in self-publishing. I kept doing what was within my control–writing.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on. But I want to urge you to think about what you’re waiting for in whatever facet of life is dear to your heart these days. Don’t get snowed under by confusing dreams with goals while waiting for your dream squirrel to scurry down the tree toward you.
Work toward your goals as the Lord leads, and wait upon Him to make your dreams come true.
Your Turn: Do you have a “waiting”, “goal”, or “dream” experience you’d like to share?
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. you need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36
A Valentine’s Read – Over at the Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired Romance blog, we’re telling a serialized romance from Feb 1 to Feb 14th. Click on the link and scroll down to the Feb 1 post to begin the story. Then stop by each day for the next installment. This is being written on the fly by 14 different authors–sure to be interesting. 😉
Ah, thanks for the motivation today!
You’re welcome. 🙂
Nothing more impressive then a stalwart squirrel watcher. Simba would have been lunging at the tree, trying to climb it, but obviously your dog is wiser then that. Good things come to those who wait. 🙂 I hope she got her squirrel reward before she turned into a snow dog.
I like your idea of concentrating on the part of your dream you do have control over. Dreams are wonderful, but usually not fulfilled unless you put a little effort into them.
LOL, there is a very good reason why Bella didn’t climb the tree. There’s an “invisible” fence keeping her from the tree line which is only a few feet from the road. We had to install it after she got into the habit of joining the neighborhood runners are their morning runs. 🙂 I’m sure she “dreams” of being a sled dog.
Wonderful post. Love your dog!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Hubby and I start are new year goals on Feb 1 so there is no pressure.
What a smart idea!
Sandra, I know I’m late in replying to this segment, but ever since I saw the header I knew I had to take a peek. Am glad I did. Animals sure do have a lot to teach! Thanks for the sweet reminder about patience and God’s timing in all aspects of life.
You’re welcome, Elaine. Thanks for dropping by.