Sunday, December 4, 2011

Patience... a virtue and weakness

"Time is a trainer, teaching you to wait upon Me, to trust Me in the dark." ~ Jesus Calling by: Sarah Young

It would seem that as a 7th grade teacher... patience would be one of my strengths. If you know me... you're aware that's not typically the case. Patience at work... yes! Patience with friends... a few! Patience with family... sometimes! Patience with life... typically never!

I'm finely attuned to my spiritual weaknesses... and patience with God is definitely one of them. It's interesting how I'm never upset with myself for being "late," but you can often find me questioning God when I believe He's late. I guess the key word(s) here are when "I" believe He's late. Let's be honest... if we're looking for the church answer here we all know He's never late... but haven't we all felt that way at one point or another? For the general population it's questions about careers, finances, housing, etc. For women it's questions about whether or not they'll ever meet "the one," settle down, etc. For men... well I can't speak for them and won't try ;)

So what is the solution to our spiritual impatience? We live in a culture that survives on the "me first," "take whatever you want" mind frame. Biblically, we are told not to be a part of this: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will." ~ Romans 12:2

Maybe the answer is being not of this world. Maybe the answer is to transform our "me first" attitude and remember there is a bigger picture out there... a plan that is bigger than anything we could ever imagine. After all... who wouldn't want "...immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine..." ~ Ephesians 3:20

It's easy to say and even easier to support with scripture... but I still struggle. If any of you have it figured out... let me know! ;)