Patience, Grasshopper—Your Dreams Will Come

Patience, Grasshopper—Your Dreams Will Come March 22, 2017

Yesterday morning, unexpected snow fell like a curtain of white in central Iowa. It was mesmerizing, said one of my Miracles students. “I could have gone into a trance just watching it.”

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Three hours later, the snow was gone. The sun came out, the birds resumed building their nests, and the spring grass was as green as ever.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes this is how life feels. Take two steps forward, then three steps back. Zoom down the highway until—oops—there’s a temporary delay.

Then sit back and wait. Again.

That hesitation happens from winter to spring, from conception to birth, from feeling a desire deep in your heart to seeing it come to pass.

It’s as though you’re one of those underground shoots in late March, waiting for enough solar power to push up through the ground and bloom.

Just when you think it’s time, a thunderstorm comes along.

Or a gray day slows the growth. Or a snow arrives out of nowhere. And you hunker down, wondering when the break will come.

When will winter finally give way to spring inside you?

I felt this way when I was contemplating divorce and waited until I knew it was the right thing to do, even though I often wanted to run and set myself free.

I waited until the right book came along that needed to be written, even though I wondered if it would ever arrive.

I waited years after my divorce to meet Bob, my husband—and while I did, I was not above pacing and pounding the floor, demanding answers for why I didn’t have a partner in life.

We wait for babies to be born, for businesses to take off, for children to get out of school, for leaders to do the right thing. We wait all the time without control over the outcome or the schedule.

And sometimes the waiting is painful or tedious or boring or frustrating.

When, when, when?

Even as I type, I can hear the words, “All in perfect timing, my child.” Which doesn’t always satisfy me, but does make me feel a bit better.

You may be waiting for something big in your life. You may feel like you’ve done your part but nothing is happening.

You may be angry at your spirit guides or yourself for not manifesting what you’ve wanted for so long.

You may feel like it’s never going to be your time, your turn.

But remember that winter does—finally and completely—yield to spring. And one of the best things you can do is follow the advice from my friend Dorothy:

“Patience is the ability to witness Divine timing and do something creative in the meantime.”

So enjoy the in-between time. Do all the things on your list that have nothing to do with what you’re waiting for. Take note of all the strength and resources that surround you.

And relax by listening to this guided meditation, feeling the perfection of waiting rather than the frustration of it.

Most of all, give thanks for answered prayer. When your spring arrives, no doubt it will be well worth the wait.

Blessings, Deb

Debra Engle is the author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. You can find her on Facebook and at Listen to her podcasts at

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