When I was a kid, my Dad used to call me ” hurry up Paula”. Because I would hurry to get done whatever I was asked to do. Then I would do it the wrong way, or unsatisfactory. Then of course, I would have to go back and redo the task I was asked to do.
I also recall my parents telling me to ” have patience” a lot. I was like most kids when it came to long car trips ” are we there yet “, or if I felt it was taking to long shopping ” are we done yet”. I wanted to hurry up and do what we needed to do and be done. Then of course I was told ” have patience.”
What about now? you ask. Yes I have developed patience over time. I have learned to patiently wait upon the Lord. I have learned to have faith and trust in his timing.
The Bible praises patience as a fruit of the spirit Galatians 5:22. Being patient is an essential part of trusting God even if our life circumstances are not as we desire.
Psalm 37:7 tells us to be still and wait patiently for him. James 5:7-8 tells us to be patient until the Lords coming. Hebrews 6:15 says that after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Colossians 1:11 says “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”
Jesus, our model and teacher demonstrated patience for us. we can see this and learn to develop patience by engaging in and meditating on his Word daily. Learning to be patient doesn’t come easily, however, we can make a choice to institute patience into our character and spirit.
This post is part of the #write28days challenge I am participating in this month February 2021.