When I am home during the day, I rarely answer the phone. I just let the answering machine pick it up. My theory is, if it is important enough, people will leave a message, and I'll return their call later.
But, I am getting my car serviced this morning, and am waiting to hear when it is done, and I am waiting to hear from my mom about my brother's health (he went back to the emergency room last night), so I picked up the phone a few minutes ago.
The "person" or robot or whatever it was on the other end of the phone line told me that I had a very important call, but all the representatives were busy, and would I "please hold".
Would anyone in their right mind hold for a phone call like that?
Well, they must, or else they wouldn't make those calls.
We are often in a holding pattern.
Right now, news about my brother's health has put me on hold.
Here is what the phone call might sound like...
"Hello. This is a very important phone call. Your brother has returned to the emergency room because he is experiencing chills, vomiting, and other indiscreet activities. All our medical personal are busy at the moment, so will you please hold?"
Well, that phone call didn't happen, but when your brother is in Oregon, and you are here waiting for news, sometimes you just have to "please hold", for a while.
So I wait, and pray and pray and pray, and send good thoughts to my brother and his wife.
And continue to hold.