Yes. No. Maybe. Wait.
Of all the answers I have received ‘wait’ is the hardest to accept.
A nice clear ‘no’ is far better. ‘No’ sends me back to researching other possibilities, retesting possibilities I had previously considered.
Even a mushy ‘maybe’ is better than ‘wait.’ ‘Maybe’ says there is stone I need to overturn, a variable I need to consider, a possibility I need to prepare to handle.
‘Wait’ says only that something beyond my control needs to happen before I can get the answer I seek. Only after some undetermined interval can I begin the step.
We wait daily: Behind a slow-moving truck on a narrow winding road waiting for a place to pass; In a line of customers waiting to pay for a purchase; After a medical appointment waiting for test results. These daily tests of patience can become moments of frustration, or opportunities for prayer, opportunities to chat with a neighbor, opportunities to trust God’s plans for us.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
— Psalm 130:5-6 (NRSV)