Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to save animals, sip coffee and cuddle babies? Seriously, ditch the office chair, throw out the panty hose and replace them with an outdoor background and recycled t-shirt. Okay – maybe that’s just me.
But, often times in life, things can seem hard and seemingly dull. We want each moment to pass by at lightning speed and for amazing things to happen every single second. After all, this is a supersonic society with instant gratification around every corner.
Patience is often a word that I don’t want to pray for – because the literal meaning is ‘long suffering.’ Yikes. Who wants to suffer long? I know. That does not sound like a great deal to me. However, this attribute is included in the fruits of the spirit.
The dictionary defines ‘patience’ as: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Even though, we may be stuck in our office chair –dreaming of star gazing in a scenic desert – we can have patience in the mundane. We can accept with beauty the place we are in the moment. Waiting on God is a beautiful action. It takes faith – bold faith.
We all have responsibilities and commitments and they might seem dull from time to time. But, sweet one, rest in the assurance that God has a master plan for you. And, that plan is not always exciting, captivating and alluring – all the time.
The journey of life is not a pathway of popsicles and sugary soda. It is a gritty road that tests your emotions, confidence and willpower – the road less traveled. But, know that on this walk, (that can be tremendously exciting and is truly rewarding) you will face bumps, valleys and dry patches.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Look up, rejoice and praise God for these places. Don’t abandon ship. Trust harder, pray deeper and seek further when your patience is tested – for you were made for such a time as this!