“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ” Colossians 3:12
“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” Proverbs 14:29
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.” Isaiah 30:18
As we were sitting at a red light yesterday, my eighteen month old was lamenting (loudly) the two words she knows best: “out” and “no.” So, my three year old turned to her and sharply said, “Be patient, Allie!” While it was funny to me at the time, I started thinking about how often I repeat those words. I tell myself daily to be patient; I pray to God daily for patience; I (clearly) consistently repeat the mantra “be patient” to my children day after day. And yet, I am not sure that the concept of waiting and patience is one that I have truly learned. The Lord, in Scripture, talks about clothing ourselves with patience, which leads to great understanding. He says we are called blessed as we wait for Him. Waiting on God’s timing and exercising the patience Jesus practices is not simply taking a deep breath during a child’s temper tantrum. Patience should not come and go, but we should pray for and practice patience. I believe that this begins by trusting the Lord with all aspects of our lives. This lack of control over our own story (relationships, parenting, careers, finances) will inevitably bring patience as we wait for Him to reveal His will to us or we wait for Him to teach us (through scripture, prayer, relationships) great understanding. This is much more challenging than a daily dose of patience, but leads to far more contentment. Join me as we pray to be clothed in the patience that comes from trusting in God and waiting on His perfect timing.