“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 leads only to evil (causes harm).” Psalm 37:7-8 NIV (NKJV)
Have you ever been in that time of waiting and waiting and waiting? It’s hard and for those of us that patience is not our strong characteristic, it can be unbearable. There are many times during our journey that God calls us to a time of wait, to be still, listen, grow and we do.
I have a very very special sister in Christ who provided many words of wisdom to me and my husband during long late night hours of support and a wonderful faith filled friendship that continues. This friend shared with me during one of our prayer times, “don’t pray for patience!”
She better be smiling as she read this
It was a time that I didn’t think God was ever going to provide a direction, an answer, ANYTHING and I sure didn’t need to ask for patience because I felt it was being tested to its limit! When she shared this advice with me my first thought was you’re right, I don’t want patience, I want an answer. You think I had an issue with patience?
A great deal of time has passed since those words were spoken and now when I think of them I smile, I even have a good laugh. I know that both of us have had our share of God’s time of waiting.
Any time that I consider my patience or lack of, I know that God is refining my patience. He gives it to us whether we ask for it or not.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
All of us face times that we wonder what God is doing in our life. What are we learning, where does He want us to go and do. It is ALL for His glory, growing closer to the faith that He has for us.
It is with great joy that I wait with the patience that God has produced in me.
I really have gotten better
Always wrapped in His loving arms.