I have always thought of myself as a patient person, but I know from experience that is not always true. “Patience is a virtue,” is a statement I remember hearing from the time I was a kid. Back then, like most kids my attention span was very short and my patience was even shorter. I remember waiting for what would seem like hours, for my family to take me to an amusement park. I would be ready to go, envisioning my fun time, while watching the clock hands barely move a minute. I would whine and sigh trying to move my family along, and yet I still had to wait, wait, wait. At that time I had no idea what was being learned during the wait nor the life lesson found in that wait. But, now that I am an adult with my own children, I realize the virtue of patience.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
With so many storms internally and externally raging on, I find myself confronted with feelings of impatience. I sometimes must remember the virtue of patience, which means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Hmm, wow when was the last time we all accepted the wait without getting angry or upset? For me, I can honestly say that God must work on me daily to keep my patience. I find just the regular life tasks require waiting. Whether patience with my husband, children, family, or work; it requires me at times to accept the wait. In whatever capacity in life, there is a waiting or holding period. But, how do we deal with the waiting and oftentimes not knowing the outcome of it?
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,” Colossians 1:11
God is our anchor in life’s storms. Whether we are experiencing Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Tropical Storms, or just the high winds and rain of life, we must rely on the one who is high above it all. Christ is the peace and hope in chaos. Even during our most destructive and heartbreaking times, His love fills all those dark places and gives us the strength to put one foot in front of the other. Instead of drowning, why not grab onto your ultimate life-preserver?
Finally, I want to challenge you all to have patience during all that you are dealing with today. Just like me, I am sure we cannot fathom patience when surrounded by so many obstacles. But, this is the time to dig deep within yourself, and find Him who is able to do all things for those who believe in Him. Be patient when you hear unsettling news, be patient when your money is funny, be patient when you are dealing with nasty comments, be patient with help not coming as quickly as you had hoped. Try a little patience today and watch how the situation changes for the better of it and for the better of you. Patience is not just my virtue, but yours as well. You got this!