Love is patient, Love is kind. How many of us have heard this one before? Have you ever considered, love knows how to wait?
Waiting in it of itself is difficult. But what if you couldn’t be with the person you loved? What then? I can honestly say, I have no idea. What I do know is this, that love doesn’t necessarily mean happily ever after. I don’t believe there’s such a thing as a soul mate or Prince Charming or ‘the one’.
Sometimes true love means wishing someone well and hoping the best for them, while knowing that you may never get to share in those joys with them. Sometimes love is simply praying for their heart to be filled with joy and just watching their laughter from the distance. True love knows how to wait not necessarily on being with that person, but ultimately waiting in hope for their joy to be restored.
I can feel my heart beating for you. “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arms”. I want to say I know how to wait well for you. What if I don’t get to share in those moments with you in this life? I want to be able to say, ‘this is okay’. There is beauty and pain in that love. But I want to wait well.
Love knows no limits. It is neither bound by time nor age but manifested in a genuine bond, a bond no one can break not even the angels. So much time as passed since I first knew you. And somehow I’m afraid to lose you.
In my time of waiting I have learned to love others well. I have felt the love of Christ in my own life. And as he commanded, in my time of waiting I have learned to love others deeply. He has opened my heart to care for those I call my neighbors-my friends-my family. I want to say it is satisfying. Isn’t this His greatest commandment? Yet, teach me to love my enemies, those that wrong me as I continue to wait.
I have grown to love myself, my inmost being.
But this I call to mind. Love knows how to wait for answered prayers, a hope that your joy will be restored. But what if you couldn’t be with the person you loved? What then? I can honestly say, I have no idea. What I do know is this, that maybe love doesn’t necessarily mean that fairy tale ending. There is beauty and pain in the messy love. The very essence of this love, as I have learned, is to wait in anticipation for your joy to be complete. And it will. So, I tell myself, “love knows how to wait Sharon, so wait well”.