The teacher was doing an experiment and anyone with a problem such as asthma, was excluded. She looked at us for a few seconds, then turned and walked out of the room. We looked around at each other, still holding our breath, and waited for her to come back.
But she didn’t.
Someone from the class jumped up and looked out the door.
“She left,” they said, “she walked all the way down to the end of the hall and disappeared.”
We were supposed to be studying our lesson, but who could get anything done, when we were concentrating on holding our breath. Some people gave up and took a breath. I was among that first group. Some tried to follow directions and hold on.
“Maybe she’ll come back and find all of us blacked out on the floor.”
A couple of guys decided to try it. They laid down on the floor and waited. And waited. She didn’t come back. Both guys tired of their position, probably wondering if they should call it quits and get up. Instead, they changed positions and turned over. When they did, I pulled a camera out of my purse, jumped up and took their picture, surprised they never noticed the flash.
We all talked among ourselves.
“Why is she doing this?”
“What is she trying to prove?”
She finally came back, a good 10 minutes later. No one had managed to pass out.
“Now, how did that make everyone feel when I walked out? Did you continue to hold your breath? Were you afraid? What was the hardest part for you?”
She compared it to how we respond when we’re waiting on God.
The hardest part for me was when she turned her back and walked out of the room. As long as she was in there, I had comfort knowing that if I simply couldn’t take it any longer, she would be there to help.
We can know, when God asks us to wait, that He will never leave us. God never turns His back and walks away. If we reach a point where we simply can’t take anymore, He is right there beside us and He knows just how much we can take. There is always a reason, even if only God knows the purpose behind the plan.
God doesn’t cause bad things to happen, they just do. We live in an evil world. Sometimes life deals us such pain we don’t think we can go on. Our heart feels crushed. But we can either hurt with God, or without Him. And just as God comforts us, we need to comfort the next person who needs help. None of us walk alone. We can be there for each other. During the times of waiting, we shouldn’t just sit and worry. Because all of life is waiting for one thing or another. We only have one life—we should make the most of each day God blesses us with. We need to look for the good in every moment, enjoy the little things, and put ourselves out there to help others. We can leave everything to the one who holds all our tomorrows in His hands. Then we can get on with the business of living each day to the fullest.
And, by the way, aren’t you glad God doesn’t ask us to hold our breath while we wait?