When God was giving me the virtues He knew I needed, He decided to go sparingly on patience. It’s not something I’m satisfied with, so I pray that He will provide more patience or teach me how to be more patient daily. I’m impatiently waiting to become more patient!
In my defense, I do not live in a society that encourages patience. Instant communication is possible through texting, phone calls, and e-mails. A person can microwave a complete turkey dinner in less than five minutes for lunch. In mere moments, you can feed your entire family exactly what they want from a drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant. We have devices in our home that allow us to record our favorite television programs and fast-forward through the commercials. Our society does not value patience; rather, we are constantly figuring out ways to do what has to be done in faster ways.
The God we serve is not always a “fast-food God.” In fact, His response to many prayers is “Wait.” It’s the message of “Wait” that can bring doubt into the mind of a believer. God can and does give instant replies to prayer, but that is not always the case. Sometimes He seeks to teach us to be patient in our request in order to deepen our faith, trust Him more, and learn to live in expectation that He will act.
I will continue to strive to be a more patient person. I know God has been infinitely patient with me, so I will seek to be more like Him, even if the majority of the world disagrees.
As I learn to be more patient, my faith will grow. I will learn to be joyful, no matter my circumstances. I will learn to endure with grace and to be hopeful for what God will do. While I wait, I will, in the words of Hebrews 12, “run the race…with perseverance…fix my eyes on Jesus…and not lose heart.”
God Bless You!--Lianne