The Waiting Room

Imagine this... You’re having complications with the delivery of your first baby. You’re at least 43hrs into active labor with no epidural and they can’t find the heartbeat of your unborn child on the monitor. You stop breathing and completely black out. Machines are going off, and the focus needs to be on you so Doctors kick everyone out of the room. The nurse shows them all to the waiting room and says the Dr. update them later. 

This happened to me. My baby. My family. I want to share with you what happened in the waiting room. The waiting room is significant and so symbolic of everyday situations in life. In my opinion, “The Waiting Room” represents anytime in your life when you are waiting on something big to happens; A miracle, blessing or just Gods favor. From the moment you apply for that dream job to the day you receive an offer - you’re in the waiting room. From the first day of grad school, to the day you  finish that dissertation - you’re in the waiting room. From the moment you laid eyes on the love of your life, to the time you meet him at the end of the chapel aisle - you’re in the waiting room. 

See, there’s a waiting room because God wants us to allow Him to do the work so sometimes He’ll remove us from the situation while He’s working it out. He’ll remove us from things He hasn’t called us to solve so we don’t get in the way of the ones He has already given that task to. There are a million reasons we have them and we will endure many waiting rooms in our lifetime so it makes you wonder....what are you supposed to do while you’re in The Waiting Room? 

Well, In the waiting room situation I shared above my parents were completely stressed out and worried. They just watched their daughter take what could’ve been her last breathe. They were kicked out of the room while a Dr was performing CPR and a nurse was calling for an Emergency C-Section. They felt helpless but not hopeless. 

  • They cried, prayed, cried some more, prayed again.. 

  • My Mom read scripture aloud as to share The Word with everyone in the room 

  • My Dad often left to “check for updates” on me but always came back to my Mom quickly because he didn’t want her to deal with this situation without him too long. He later said these were his quiet moments that he needed to himself just so he could be supportive to everyone else in the room

  • They talked and made plans for the things we were all going to do as a family once this was over.

  • They called close family members and when people arrived at the waiting room for support, they thanked them & prayed together. 

  • Someone brought music to lift everyone’s heart just a bit. They played it. 

  • Someone said “ you should prepare for the worst “ , they kicked them out of the room!

  • They thanked God in advance for what He was going to do to save me and the baby and spoke with their mouths what the future was going to look like. 

We could take a few lessons from them on what to do when we are in our own waiting rooms. 

  • PRAY!!!!! Invite the Holy Spirit into that place.

  • When things look like they are taking a turn for the worse, go to the word of God and see what He says! Share it with the people in your waiting room so you are all on one accord 

  • Share your burden because no one should feel alone while they’re in the waiting room! Be careful who you share it with and when those who are supposed to be supportive start to speak negatively - tell them to go!!!! Only allow positive vibes in your waiting room! 

  • It’s okay to step out of the waiting room every once in a while if you need a break. Take your break then get back to it because you’re there for a purpose and people are depending on you but you also have to take care of yourself or you won’t be able to carry the load.

  • Focus your energy on being positive, stand on your faith and profess with your mouth the things you want to see come to fruition. 

I could go on and on but you get the picture. So tell me, what waiting rooms are you experiencing in your life? 

S. Kennedy Hill-Garcia