Waiting Lessons from Pancakes
Making pancakes is something I enjoy. As I made some recently, I decided to do so without my phone, and be fully present for that experience.
I noticed that once I put the mixture on the pan, there’s only so much else I could do. I had to keenly monitor the cooking process.
I began asking myself what effect turning the heat knob clockwise and anticlockwise had on the heat and on the size of the flame, and whether the size of the flame really had anything to do with the temperature. I’d never really thought about it before. That’ll be a post for another time.
My main thoughts were around the pancakes. All I could do, really, was to wait for them to cook on one side, then turn them over and cook the other side. As I waited, this time without listening to a podcast, an audio book or an online class, I felt the urge to do something, to make that waiting period count for something. If you work from home, or are a mom-preneur, you know that every second counts, and literally so, sometimes even financially. So you don’t want to waste any moment.
In my musing, I saw that the only thing I could do was to stir the mixture. That’s all. Stir the mixture in preparation for cooking. Stir it it keep the texture and consistency just right. Stir it to keep it flowing when the time would come.
And it dawned on me that sometimes that’s all we can do. Stir the mixture… Stir up tie gifts in out lives, stir up the disciplines and habits in our lives as we wait for other things. Stir to keep our gifts alive, our character in check. Stir to keep improving ourselves, as we wait for doors to open. For kids to grow up so that we can go back to a life largely outside the home. For Rona to pass so that we can go back to our usual schedules. Stir, that’s all we can do.
And I prayed that God would show me how stirring fits into the big picture. How stirring produces pancakes, breakfast for my family, health for us all and ability to go about doing other things. How stirring leads to energy to play and make friends, or energy to work and make money. To know that my stirring matters, is significant, even though there’s nothing else I can do alongside it.
May God help us to see the value of our seemingly small and mundane actions. May God help us to not question our worth or the worth of our contribution, no matter how small it seems. May God help us to know what to stir, to know what to do as we wait, because sometimes, all we can do is wait.