ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Updated on February 1, 2021

February 2nd ~ The Presentation of the Lord

Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:29-32

Simeon’s aforementioned proclamation highlights today’s Gospel (Luke 2:22-40) on this the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. A life offered in deep and profound prayer, a man whose remarkable faith compelled him to essentially turn his back on the secular world, Simeon uttered these words after merely seeing and holding the child Jesus for but a few moments. Powerful.

Just as Simeon took the child Jesus into his arms, we too take Jesus into our hands by way of the Holy Eucharist every time we celebrate the Holy Mass. To encounter him in such an intimate way ~ body, blood, soul and divinity ~ this is our food for the journey, that which fortifies and strengthens us in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jesus seeks to bring you salvation and consolation in this most holy of Sacraments. How blessed we are.

“The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part”

These were the words of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty in his hit single “The Waiting is the Hardest Part,” off of his 1981 Album “Hard Promises.” This was an album ~ yes, we rocked out on vinyl back then ~ that I remember running out to buy in the 7th grade approximately 47 minutes after earning enough money mowing lawns to do so. Petty passed away suddenly in early October of 2017, and I recall being surprised and very much disappointed by the fact that none of the tributes paid to him by the many classic rock stations programmed into my car radio played or even referenced this underrated song When reflecting on his storied and prolific career. Although the inspiration for this song was a woman naturally ~ it is, after all, a rock and roll song ~ the lyrics speak of past mistakes, optimism, the arduous but steady accumulation of wisdom, and yes, that grandest of virtues, patience.

For so many years, Simeon prayed for the fulfillment of God’s promises, the restoration of his people, Israel. He sought consolation, yearned for it.

Nothing happened.

Israel remained occupied, the Pharisees and Sadducees ruled, rivalries between the Galileans and Judeans caused countless rifts, class warfare was an everyday reality. Yet Simeon prayed for consolation. And waited.

Prayed...and waited...prayed...and waited.

Then came that very moment of consolation that he so desired, delivered to him in divine fashion in the form of the infant Jesus.

Saint Isaac the Syrian once said "When patience greatly increases in our soul, it is a sign that we have secretly received the grace of consolation. The power of patience is stronger than the joyful thoughts that descend into the heart.” In yet another one of his renowned homilies he said of patience “In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in the Holy Spirit is magnified.”

Patience isn’t quite as cherished in today’s secular society of course. Never once have I seen a late night TV Infomercial promoting a “Get Rich Slow” Scheme. Deep pocketed, big market baseball teams such as the Yankees and Dodgers seldom rebuild, instead opting for a “win now” strategy which typically entails plundering small market teams for their best young players, outbidding these clubs for their players’ services with the seemingly unending stream of Cable TV revenue of which they slosh freely. God’s ways are certainly not man’s ways. We must tune out the breakneck pace of the world ~ a largely man made fabrication anyway ~ where are these people rushing off to anyway? ..and pray for the gift of patience every day. We must come to grips with the fact that developing this gift of patience takes....well . . . patience.

I leave you with the following prayer, one in which we ask God for the gift of patience:

God of wisdom, I call upon You and know that You will answer me and tell me the great and unsearchable things that I do not know. I thank You for divine understanding that reveals to me the things that I do not understand. I pray for patience and understanding in all areas of my life: my workplace, my home, my relationships, in all things. I thank You for allowing me to see things like You do.” ~ Amen.

“And so let us be glad and bear with patience everything the world throws at us, secure in the knowledge that it is then that we are most in the mind of God." ~ St. Basil the Great - "Gateway to Paradise"


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)