Wow, first off let me apologize for my lateness when it comes to posting. I just got a new job and it is taking up a lot more time than I thought it would. Right now though my job is taking a nap (I’m nannying a ten month old!), so I have a moment or two to blog.
Patience. This is a word that I’ve never really enjoyed. Waiting has never really been my thing. I’ve come to realize that being impatient is simply another way of being selfish, of me wanting what I want exactly when I want it.
I can specifically remember one lesson we taught in the children’s ministry of my church that was on patience. This lesson described patience as “waiting with a happy heart”.
I can tell you many times that I have waited for something and outwardly I was fine, but on the inside my heart was anything but happy.
In life, we need patience in so many ways. We have to have patience with the people we do our lives with; the other imperfect sinners of this world. We have to have patience with ourselves in the times when we fail, and I would also say that we have to have patience with God at times.
There have been countless times in my life that I have prayed and waited for an answer, and then, two seconds later when I hadn’t heard the voice of God, got frustrated with His lack of communication. Where is my patience then? Did I ever think that maybe in making me wait, God is preparing me for His answer?
When I think of patience, my first thought is not when I’m patient with my siblings when they are getting on my nerves, or when I’m patient with the friend who will not stop complaining. I think about how patient God is with me.
If you’ve grown up in church, then you have heard that God is love. So you know that everything love is, God is too. Love is patient. God is patient. And seriously, thank God for that! If my God wasn’t a patient God, I would not be going to Heaven.
There have been so many times in my life that I haven’t understood what was happening. Times that I questioned God and what He was doing. I can see God saying, “Just wait, you’ll understand so soon!” just like a father trying to make a child understand something that they just don’t get yet.
God is so very patient with us. He did not have to have any relationship with us. His life certainly would have been a lot easier without imperfect sinners involved. But God is so loving and patient that He wants us in His life. He desires us. His patience will forever outweigh our sin.
Why does this matter?
It matters because we need to be more patient with others. I need to be more patient with others. Here is how I see it. Love is patient. God is love. My purpose on earth is to be more like God. If God is love and love is patient, then I should be patient too. In being patient, I am becoming more like God.
And shouldn’t that be the focus of my life?