The other morning, I was getting breakfast for my two kiddos, and Micah apparently thought I wasn’t working nearly fast enough. How did I know what he was thinking? I think it was his shouting, “I WANT CEREAL!!!!”, that tipped me off. 🙂 So I said, “Micah, be patient!” Well, Micah looked at me as if I suddenly had three nostrils, which told me he had no idea what that word meant. And just like a typical older sister, Macy piped up. “Micah, being patient means waiting without screaming.”
Of course my first reaction was to bubble up with pride in my super insightful mental giant of a daughter! Then later, I realized that she just meant that literally. Wait without screaming. Makes sense!
I started thinking that’s a great definition of patience for ALL of us. Picture with me three lanes of bumper to bumper traffic. Nobody is moving. Nobody. Well, nobody, except the guy on your right, who is pounding his fists on the steering wheel, honking his horn, and screaming words I’m glad I can’t hear because my window is rolled up. 🙂
The woman on your left has begun reading a book, and kinda looks like she doesn’t want the traffic to let up any time soon. And the man behind you is rockin’ out to some song on the radio.
Okay, so it’s obvious that the screamer and fist-pounder is the one who needs a little extra patience.
This is a practical example of what happens when we have run out of the very valuable virtue of patience. But there are worse things than waiting on traffic.
Maybe you’re single, and you are weary from waiting for your future husband or wife to come and find you.
Or maybe you’re waiting for the day your fussy baby FINALLY sleeps through the night!
Or you are waiting for your prodigal child to come home again.
Maybe you are waiting, after you’ve done all you can, for a spouse to love you again, like they did in the beginning.
Maybe you’re waiting to finally hear from the doctor, “We got ALL of it.”
Or maybe you’re waiting for God to do something only HE can do!
Whatever it is we are waiting for, God knows we are waiting for it. The worst thing we could do is start screaming at the sky, “I want! I want! I want!” It’s possible he might want us to, I don’t know, pick up a Book, and begin to let it change who we are. It’s also possible He might want you, even though you don’t like where you’re at one bit, to maybe start singing a song. To Him.
I have to remind myself sometimes that God really DOES love me, and if I’m in a dark place, it’s because he must have very gently placed me there.
The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Although you say you do not see Him, Yet justice is before Him, and you must wait for Him.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.