Do you have a favorite word? I have a few. Some are just fun to say; others are favored because they bring up good memories and thoughts to your mind.
The word patience would certainly NOT fall into the category of one of my favorite words. Its one that I’ve heard a lot over the years. When I was younger, it was used by my parents to teach about waiting my turn for something. As I got older, it might have been a lesson on saving money to buy something.
As an adult, I’ve realized that patience may be a virtue, but it is one that takes work and constant attention. It’s HARD! I remember when I proposed to Leslie – one of the greatest days of my whole life. I knelt down in the middle of the ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, pulled out this diamond ring I had been saving for, and asked her if she would marry me. She said yes and people all around the rink applauded. It was an amazing feeling. Little did I know that this was just one step in a long road to actually being married. Over 6 months later, we were husband and wife. SIX MONTHS! That’s half a year! I had already made up my mind that I wanted to get married, and Leslie did too. So, six months? Patience.
1 Corinthians 13 tells me that “love is patient.” Recently, there have been things in my life that I want to hit the fast forward button on and just get to that next result quicker. We live in a culture that expects instant everything. This is idea that love is patient just doesn’t fit in with today’s teachings. It’s such a well-known verse, but really not a well-practiced value.
That’s what God is telling me this morning; to rely on Him, wait on Him, and leave timing up to Him on several things I’d like to move the clock forward on.