No one likes to wait. What can make the waiting harmful are the temptations that creep in! Temptations like restlessness . . . or crankiness . . . or falling into “comfort” behaviors like eating too much or watching too many movies or worse!
Fortunately, The Holy Spirit provides us with the fruits we need to endure life which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. See Galatians:22-23
Let’s focus on #4, patience, “the ability to suppress restlessness or annoyance when faced with delay or put another way – quiet steady perseverance”.
I’ve been waiting a lot lately for different things. Waiting for different steps to happen in my family’s life to be able to move to the next segment of our journey . . . the next milestone.
And as I wait, I find that although I know that God will follow through with His promises, I am not being as patient or joyful as I could be in the waiting. As I was researching scripture to match this feeling I have, it’s interesting to me that I was led to 2 Peter 3 which talks about the eventuality of Jesus coming back and how we are to wait for his return.
My dear friends, this is now the second time I’ve written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention. Keep in mind what the holy prophets said, and the command of our Master and Savior that was passed on by your apostles . . .
Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. 2 Peter 3: 1-2, 8-9 The Message*
This scripture reminds us that God’s timing is not our timing – He is in constant motion even when we are at a standstill. He is working diligently to save all – not just to save us. It reminds me to think of the broader picture and not to be self-focused. All in life – being patient – being joyful – becomes effortless when we train our minds to focus on what God is – not what we want to become.