“Let me take your number, and we’ll call you back.”
By the end of the day, no phone call came to schedule the appointment, and I could only imagine how long it would be until the actual meeting.
A lesson to be learned well and early is this: If you want to have an appointment by September, you’d better call and schedule it in July.
My education came with my first call to the OB-Gyn. “I’d like to schedule a prenatal exam. I just found out I’m pregnant!”
“Is there any particular day that you’d like to see the doctor?”
“As soon as possible. I’m available at any time.” (Of course, I was available any time of any day; nothing would stand between me and the health of my baby.)
“Okay, let’s see . . . the earliest available appointment would be at 2 p.m., three weeks from Thursday.”
Three weeks from Thursday! How could they put me off for that long? I was pregnant. This was my first baby! Terrible things could happen in three weeks—didn’t they understand how important this was to me?
Routine appointment?—A couple of months.
Impacted tooth? Rising Fever? Wheezing Cough?—A couple of days.
Emergency services necessary?—Even then, a couple of hours.
Seldom does it seem that what is important to me is urgent to anyone else. The lack of availability to meet my needs reminds me again that I am one of
What about trying to make an appointment with a specialist or a person of great influence? How long of a wait would that be?
Are you seeking an audience with a boss, the CEO, or the President of the United States? If (and that is a very big IF) they will see you, it will be on their terms, whenever that would be.
I actually attempted to make two appointments today. I guess when the office opens tomorrow I’ll attempt to set up this first appointment again, and again wait for them to return my call.
For the second, I was ushered in immediately.
no other visitors but me.
I had an audience with the most powerful, knowledgeable, and influential Person in the universe.
When you pray, I will listen.
If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.
I will be found of you, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:12-14)
There is no greater physician or counselor. He is a specialist in all matters, and He had a wide-open space in His appointment book and was just waiting for my call.