Patience…. a skill that I am trying to work on. Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting upset. Patience is not a a trait or something you are born with. It is a skill that must be aquired. Some aquire it sooner and quicker than others. For people like me, I rely on the good lord to help me to stregthen the skill. For instance, before I had kids, I had zero patience. Zip, nada, none! I didn’t like to wait. I still don’t for that matter, but the Lord is teaching me that good things come in due time. Since having kids, my patience skill has strengthened tramendously. I’m not sure if it’s from the melt downs on isle 12, the constant outfit changes from my 5 going on 15 year old, or my son who never seems to miss the toilet seat while using the potty. Maybe it’s from being so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open, but that sweet child wanted one more bed time story. I say it’s from the whole journey itself. When you pray for something, the lord answers in his own way, it’s just up to you to listen. I was walking through my pasture the other day pondering this. My husband and I replanted it about a month ago. I was a little frustrated because nothing had started sprouting yet. The bag clearly said 10-14 days, and here we are at over a month. I then started hearing the word “patience” in my head. The wind blew through the trees and it dawned on me. Be patient, it will grow! It was after that moment, that I noticed some growth. It was small, but there. I had been too impatient and was wanting more that I failed to realize what was beginning to grow. That in turn got me thinking on how much we tell our own children to “be patient!” While, we as adults get so irrate because a car is going too slow in front of us, or it’s taking too long to get our food during lunch breaks, the grocery store line is too long, or the pick up line is moving too slow. Maybe, we as adults need to practice what we preach and our children will follow. Patience is a wonderful skill to aquire. Just because you’re not where you want to be now, or something isn’t going your way at the moment, be patient. Good things come in good time, and celebrate how far you have come. Even the baby steps, even the small growth. They are steps in the right directions and that’s what should be focused on.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
My favorite….. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it only leads to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. Psalms 37:7-9