Waiting Room Literature

I don’t know if it has ever crossed your mind, but I have a mind that is crossed by a lot of strange and unusual observations, including this one…

The worse the literature in a waiting room, the longer you have to wait.

Really! It’s true! It is a fact as verifiable as the truth that ginger ale tastes better in an airliner at 30+ thousand feet (I would love comments on that one). Here’s another observation…

The better the literature, the quicker you will be seen by a doctor.

Trust me, I have a wife and three daughters. I have spent more time in OBGYN, pediatrician, emergency room, and hair stylist waiting rooms than I care to calculate. On top of that, I have spent countless hours sitting in waiting areas while either my car was serviced, or one of the females in my life tried on more garments than a sweat shop in China can make in a month.

I KNOW waiting room literature. What typically happens to me is that I will either be sequestered in a room full of cooking magazines and back issues of AARP Today, or I will be handed five men’s magazines and be called back in three minutes.

You see, it’s like this… If a waiting room has 10 issues of Women’s Health or Ladies Home Journal beside every chair, consider yourself in purgatory. On the other hand, if there are new issues of Car and Driver, Smithsonian, Robb Report, or the latest edition of Jane’s Book of Weapons that Every Man would Like to Have, expect Gabriel’s trumpet to sound at any moment, because you won’t get a chance to read them.

So, this brings me to the following picture. Sitting in the pediatrician’s office with my wife and two of our girls, having to endure the constant dripping of word after word, I needed to zone out – I needed a distraction. Honestly, with the battery on my iPhone going dead, there was NOTHING else to read. Can you guess how long we were there?

I’m always looking for a way to make a spiritual application to life’s situations. But honestly, I am at a loss for this post. There has to be a Biblical truth that is applicable to enduring the waiting rooms of life. Can you think of one? Hmmm?

Who knows, I may use it in an upcoming sermon 😉


Filed under book review, General Observations, Life Lessons, Relationships and Family

4 responses to “Waiting Room Literature

  1. theWomanAtTheWell

    You are soooo Cool! Great word in this post thank you. God Bless. -watw

  2. The thing that jumped out at me from this blog was the low battery on the iPhone. I worry if mine drops below 80% charge. It sits in a charging cradle on my desk when I am there. I have a charging cable in the car, plus I have a small portable battery that will run the phone or charge it up to three times. I travel a lot and I have everything on that phone, including music, podcasts, and various Bible versions and books that could fill time spent waiting (airports usually for me rather than waiting rooms). Not having a full charge reminds me of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25 and the need to be prepared to meet our Lord. A good thought to kick start my quiet time with Him this morning. Thank you brother.

  3. Um, I am stretching but maybe how sometimes it is hard to wait on God. Sometimes, I feel like I am in a waiting room with nothing to read. (I mean that figuratively…I have my Bible in life). I am waiting on God to tell me what direction to go. In the meantime, I have to watch because the magazines and books can offer a lot of garbage in them. It could cause me to leave or get distracted. It is important to stay put and wait on the Lord and to wait on my time. It is hard, I get very antsy, but it will be worth it to get that clean bill of health….that prescription to move up to the next step. Waiting rooms (spiritually) are as important as seeing the Physician after the wait.

    I hope that makes sense. I am exhausted right now…. 🙂

  4. Ecclesiastes 3 leapt to mind, specifically verse 11. The whole chapter kind of sums up your whole experience.

    Personally, I fully appreciate the amazingness of ginger ale no matter the altitude!

    Also it is good to let your battery die out from time to time. It helps prolong the life of the battery. (I used to work in the wireless industry. It is amazing what one learns when surrounded by something.)

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