Sa jeepney stop. Sa bus station. Sa clinic. Sa fastfood resto. Sa harap ng microwave oven. Sa bangko. Sa City Hall. Sa bilihan ng ticket sa sinehan. Sa labor room. Sa ilalim ng puno ng mangga.
Lahat tayo naghintay, naghihintay, at maghihintay.
May paghihintay na mabilis, parang huminga ka lang. May habangbuhay.
Ang paghihintay ay hindi maiiwasan, bahagi ng bugay. Tulad ng paghihintay na kumulo ang tubig na pangkape, na maluto ang cup noodles at na humaba ang kuko bago gupitin.
Eh ang paghihintay sa taong hindi naman nagpapahintay, kailangan ba?
Single ladies (single men na din, baka meron dyan), would you wait for someone who doesn’t even ask you to wait?
No and yes.
No, if we’re talking about waiting for a specific person. Take note: This person didn’t ask you to wait for him and he doesn’t have a clue about your waiting saga.
Stop waiting around him.
First: He didn’t ask you to.
Second: Baka kinukumbinsi mo lang ang sarili mo na torpe lang siya at magkakalakas din ng loob balang araw.
Third: Ibang tao talaga ang gusto niya. Pag dumating ang araw na makita mo siya na kasama ang iba, guguho ang mundo mo ‘neng. Bakit? Pinaikot mo ang mundo mo sa kanya. At wala kang karapatang sisihin siya, balik tayo sa number one: He didn’t ask you to wait.
Fourth: If he asked you to wait, I don’t know what kind of a guy is that. But I know that you, as a woman, a princess in the eyes of the King of Kings, are to be waited upon. Ikaw ang dapat hinihintay.
Yes, if we’re talking about waiting, reserving yourself for God’s plans for you– no matter who that person is. Or if there’s really a person.
God promised, “I know that plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” (see Jeremiah 29:11)
Dasal ka ng dasal para sa isang tao, yun pala may ibang plano sa’yo si Lord. At kung anuman ‘yon, tiyak mas maganda ‘yon. Focus on God (the Giver) and not on the person (the gift).
Kung maghihintay ka rin lang, maghintay ka sa may kabuluhan. Wag dun sa di mo alam ang patutunguhan.
At bilang isang tao na naghintay nang anim na taon at muntik nang sumuko para maghintay pa muli, ang mga suggestion ko on what to do while waiting:
- Develop a love for Bible reading. The Bible is the best love letter I’ve ever read.
- Pray unceasingly. God would want to hear from you, whether you’re thankful or grumbling.
- Learn a new skill every day. Master one every month.
- Spend your ample free time on serving by volunteering in a foundation or in a church ministry. Most lessons are learned in action, not inside the classroom.
- Win a new friend every day. Strengthen the relationship every week. You’ll be amazed at the things you can learn from other people.
- Do something you’ve been wanting to do. Write a book. Make a song cover. Paint the sunset. Jump off the bridge (with a rope tied on your waist, of course), or color your hair red. Learn to have fun and enjoy the novelties of life.
And I pray that we will learn to appreciate the beauty of our season of waiting and find out, at the end, that it was all worth the wait. 😉
Here’s a beautiful waiting song I’d like to share: