Have you ever been in a brainstorming session and just feel like you’ve run head on into a solid brick wall? I know I have. In fact, it seems to happen quite frequently.
For me and my team, the typical brainstorm session looks like this: 1st 10 minutes – LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. 2nd 10 minutes – SOME good ideas. And then…….slowly…..but surely….. the ideas begin to fade. We get stuck. We hit the wall and silence falls over the room. Now what? For me, this can often be the_most_painful experience in my job. I loathe these moments. Not only because they can be ridiculously awkward, but mostly because I feel like we’ve failed in some way. The sure-fire pattern and regularity of this experience should be enough to make me believe, in that moment, that we WILL get through this. But it never fails.. I get so discouraged. More often than not, in those moments when we hit the wall – I just want to walk away and give up.
But, each time this happens… I’m learning to be patient and embrace the silence. I’m finding out that if we can break through those painfully silent moments and just wait………………….the ideas WILL come. It’s the waiting that is key though. We can’t give up – we HAVE to break through! Our best ideas have come out of times when we’ve hit the wall – sat in silence – and waited. Then, just like that…. BAM! The idea comes and we move on it. It’s easier said than done, though. I write this blog post as if it’s easy for me to just wait… it’s not! Sometimes, it seems like the_hardest_thing I will ever have to do – even though I KNOW the ideas will come.
I think there’s some spiritual implications here too. Isaiah 40:31 says…
But those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Waiting brings strength. It breeds endurance. Waiting teaches us so much about ourselves and about God. And in this context of brainstorming, I think God is trying to teach me something – wait on Him. Maybe He’s trying to teach me not to rely on my own talents or abilities – but, instead to rely on him – and wait. So, next time you’re in a brainstorming session and the well of ideas has completely dried up – wait. Be patient. Embrace the silence and wait for a break through. I promise you won’t regret it!