Let My People Know

  1. Waiting for electricity and internet to be restored.
  2. Waiting to get well after a nasty illness.
  3. Waiting to find out when or whether the plane will take off.
  4. Waiting to find out if we got the house.
  5. Waiting to hear if our kid got into the school.
  6. Waiting to hear if I got the job.
  7. Waiting on medical test results.
  8. Waiting for my father to cross over into the next life while he was dying.
  9. Waiting on the adoption of our child.
  10. Waiting on presidential election results.
  • It’s possible that you don’t have to write your list from scratch, but rather you can edit mine. Waiting, and the special kind of anxious feelings that come with it, are a universal experience about which we talk too little.
  • Many examples on my list include waiting not for something to happen, but for something to be known. Waiting on knowledge feels just as stressful as waiting for an event. The related emotions must originate from the same part of the brain, as neither is easier or harder than the other.
  • I list waiting on presidential election results as the very hardest of all forms of waiting because it’s the season we’re in right now. The band around my chest that forces me to remind myself to breathe, my hunger for information coupled with dread that it won’t be what I want to hear, are right here with me. The other nine waiting games I’ve listed are over (for now), and those bands have long ago fallen to the floor, forgotten.

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Sarah B. Drummond

Sarah B. Drummond

Sarah Birmingham Drummond is Founding Dean of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School and teaches and writes on the topic of ministerial leadership.