Awaiting Further Instructions

Mornng Stoy and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 15, 2015

He was just sitting there.  Almost motionless, he looked off into the distance, blinking periodically and looking very much at peace.

“Ah, he drives me crazy,” the woman next to him said.

I was visiting a local nursing home early one morning and came into the great room, a large room with a high ceiling and huge windows.

The residents often gather there right after breakfast. There are no televisions, no music, just quiet reflection.

Visitors often spend time with their loved ones in this spot away from all the traffic in the hallways.

I introduced myself to the only two people there.  The woman smiled and said hello and the man barely raised his left hand to acknowledge me.

“He does this every morning,” she explained. “We hurry through our meal so that he has time to sit here quietly before the rest arrive.”

I discovered that they were married and decided life would be easier for both of them if they lived in a residence where someone would always be around.

“Well, I guess he…” I was interrupted by the woman.

“He calls it “A. F. I” she explained.

“A.F.I.? What is that?” I asked.

“Awaiting further instructions,” she said.

There was an awkward silence.

Then suddenly he sat up, looked at me and smiled.

“I know what you’re thinking. No, I’m not an alien from space,” he said and began laughing.

“You are to me,” his wife added.

“It’s like prayer time. I don’t like to get into my day without checking in with the Big Guy,” he said.

“Sitting quietly helps me to better understand what my day ahead will be like.”

“So, God wakes you up, and then you wait for further instructions,” I said.

“That’s it,” he replied.

“What did He tell you today?” I asked.

“He said some nice man would visit with us this morning.”

“Ah, you’re crazy!” his wife added with a smile.

“He said you’d say that, too!” the man added.

We all laughed and had a wonderful talk about growing up in faith.

Think about how significant that idea really is and try it this week. Find a time early in your day to just sit quietly and listen.

All too often our conversations with God are like a grocery shopping list of things we want.

Why not listen to what He wants and has planned for your day?

If anyone asks what you are doing just tell them, ” AFI… Awaiting Further Instructions.”

“I wish you enough!”

Bob Perks
http://www.bobperks.com/hellos.htm
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7 comments
  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I had planned to do a blog on a similar line as this. In one of the books I recently read the character prayed then sat silently for God’s answer. I know all too often after my Amen, I get up and get busy. Now, I try to wait quietly for an answer, but the old habit is hard to break.

  2. seeker said:

    from now own I will use this initial AFI since I have tend of have a habit of sitting around and WFFI (waiting for further instructions) from something… maybe God maybe the Cats maybe my inner being. Thank you.

  3. Oh yes! To live in close communion with God and be ready for HIS instructions. Is there any better way to be fully satisfied in life? I think not! This elderly gentleman is a delightful example for us to follow. Thank you, Kenny!

  4. Lovey story and so true. I read once that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to him talk back. love this, thank you for the inspiration. Much peace and light to you. Michelle

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