Patience is a virtue, fees are exorbitant!
I’ve not found an ideal model of someone who is PATIENT but a perfect example of being IMPATIENT can be none other than me. All my life, I’ve been always running ahead of time, making numerous mistakes of all sorts, well I am growing 😀
Being a woman isn’t easy, when you have a home, a child, a full time job and other additional social activities, and that’s where I believe God has been extremely gracious…. And numerous times I’ve screamed I can’t handle it anymore, I can’t do it, I can’t be patient with this life where I have to be completely selfless (That’s what I maybe thinking but may not be the truth), always understanding and never understood (again from my perspective), always accommodating and never accommodated (my perspective).
While, talking about patience it is important to talk about self gratification. Most often, we are impatient with ourselves and others because “I” is at the center, we are so accustomed to our fact pace culture where everything has to be satisfied immediately. We are not used to delayed gratification, but the Good Lord says “Wait in my presence”.
Patience develops as we grow in the presence of the Lord, learning that He is Good, He is Able, He is in control and not ME. Patience is about trusting God and not Man!
God has his way of revealing himself to us and teach us patience. “We run this race of life looking forward to eternity and the speed limit is PATIENCE, we need to abide by this speed limit“. Its always thrilling to speed up, not so exciting to see others ahead of us and there is always a tempting desire to run past the speed limit and break the rules! Consequences can be as severe as a being killed – A SPIRITUAL DEATH!
I’ve a long road to travel, but PATIENTLY and I know its not going to be EASY. But I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Romans – “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Since the day I began meditating on Patience, I’ve been very Impatient with people around me and that actually taught me one thing that Patience is BITTER but its FRUIT SWEET and its CHOICE! One good practice that I yearn to follow is to glance through God’s mercies, see how patient he’s been with someone rebellious like me and to be able to reflect the same patience!