I used to always feel like I was waiting on something. I was either waiting for a situation to get better, something to be healed, or for the next opportunity to come along. When I was younger I had the patience of an ant. I always felt that if whatever I was waiting on did not happen in my time-table then I would do it myself. Of course, back then I had no idea of what I was doing and the situation or opportunity ended up being more of a mess than a blessing. But, I still tried to do things on my own because I did not have faith in the wait.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
When I was in college I was always on the run. I was never satisfied with staying in one place for a period of time. I worked for a telemarketing company part-time while I was in school full-time and for the life of me I had not a clue of how lost I was. I did not put all my energy into one thing. My studies were okay but if I really sat down and applied myself I could have done more. Instead I was impatient in the wait for the semester to be over. I concentrated on the end of school so hard that I did not take the time to enjoy just being a college student. Are any of you guilty of this too?
Whether you are a younger student or an older one, we all tend to have a hard time being in the day-to-day activity of excelling. Before college I was so in tuned with my studies and honestly was in no rush for it all to end. But, there is something in leaving home to be on your own and still be a student. It was so easy to get sidetracked and find hanging out with friends way more appealing than deciding my future. I just wish back then I could have had more faith in God than making many of the decisions on my own. I know my impatience led to many set backs. And with God we can do anything, but fail. Without him our own wants and needs out way the bigger picture.
“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.” Proverbs 25:15
Have you ever heard the saying, “Patience is a virtue”? I heard it so much growing up because I was always pressed for the quick answer. Not realizing there is growth in the wait, wisdom in the wait, and understanding in the wait too. Faith is all about waiting because we are putting away needless stress and worry to just believe in the best outcome. We are still working while we wait, but we are working in the realization that we are growing. And in our growth we gain a stronger faith backbone.
Lastly, in whatever you are in the middle of today you must know that each level of our lives happen in phases. And during each phase we are meant to get the tools and experience needed to be equipped to handle the next phase. But, God will not move us until we gain all that is needed to handle and ultimately conquer each situation that we may face. Just like my college years feeling like they were full of busy moments, we must learn to savor each moment. I am sure that if I was more patient then, I would not have had to struggle so much in my earlier years in realizing who I was meant to be.
I challenge you today to build up some patience and try to see the joy in the wait. Whether you are waiting for a spouse or waiting for a career, there is much to learn during your wait. Every moment is a piece to the puzzle of faith. Each opportunity adds to the bigger picture. Have faith in the wait and watch your life change for the better. As always you got this!