Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
How patient are you? Are you someone who always wants to get something done in a rush or are you someone who takes the time it needs to get something done?
I know I am not a patient person; truly, it is something I need to work on. As I have been going through some changes in the past few months, I have been a little deterred at times at the slowness of the process. I took the time to share my frustrations with someone while at church and they reminded me of the need to be patient. If I am going to entrust something into the Lord’s hands, then I need to learn to trust in His timing. I am not the best at waiting because in my everyday life, I am someone who gets something done as quickly as I can.
I know I was putting the same expectation on God and I was coming away disappointed when I was not getting the results I wanted. It was such a mistake to make. Truly, in waiting on the Lord and learning not to rush the process; it becomes a time for growing and learning. It reminded me there was only so much I could do and then I needed to surrender and trust God with the rest.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
Often I make the same mistake of rushing into things, not always thinking about the impact it has on the people around me or on my spiritual life. I am sure we have all had the experience of working with or under someone who has had little patience. It leads to an uncomfortable situation and often more mistakes being made. In our spiritual life, it can lead to a lot of dependency on our self and God being pushed to the side. Then we have the tendency to get annoyed with God when our plans do not work out, even when we have not surrendered them to Him in the first place. It leads to a lot of frustration and stress. I am sure many of you reading this can relate.
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)
Throughout scripture we are reminded of the importance of waiting. Nothing is being done in a rush. Which contrasts significantly with the society we live in; which likes everything done instantly and on demand. It is a huge money making enterprise. It is not the way the Lord has intended us to live. We are reminded in 2 Peter:
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise… (2 Peter 3:8-9)
I have missed opportunities to know peace and God’s goodness because I am always in a rush and expecting God to keep in time with me. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, those are words I need to have in front of me at all times. I see time as fleeting but the Lord is always going to be faithful to fulfilling his promises.
We are people who live on the clock, our life is directed by time. We need be somewhere at a certain time, we only have so much time to get something completed, etc. We live in this constant state of worry and rush, we live so much of our life never being present. This is something I have been trying to change.
In my personal life, as I think on patience and waiting on the Lord. I think of my quiet times. I normally have these in the morning. I like to have time with the Lord before I go about my day. Over the past week, I have not been opening my bible as much or even journaling. Instead, I have been sitting and finding peace in the quiet and allowing my thoughts to turn into prayers. Other times I just sit and listen. It has been truly refreshing!
These quiet times have been such a blessing because my quiet time had become a rushed routine of bible reading, prayer and journaling and it was not enjoyable. I have been learning to wait on the Lord.
The verse which started this blog, is about waiting on the Lord. Honestly, there is so much joy in just the waiting and being patient enough to enter into a place of peace. The Lord delights in us finding refuge and strength in Him. Even Jesus reminds
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Jesus was someone who knew how quickly times flies and how quickly life can consume us all. In the midst of it all, He offered us rest and peace. Some of us have no patience because we feel incredibly burdened, whether by our own choices or due to taking care of family, etc. Jesus wanted us to know that He does care about what we are facing here on earth but He wants to offer us peace in the process. The yoke and the burden Jesus offers, is easy and light. We can find rest and peace, if we only have the patience to wait upon the Lord.
I am still learning so much about being patient, I am sure it will take a lifetime. I am learning in the midst of my struggles and frustrations, to learn to wait upon the Lord and to seek His kingdom first. It may not automatically solve my issues but it does bring peace into the midst of the situation. We all have our issues we struggle with and like me, you may struggle with being patient. The Lord is faithful to help us in our weakness. May you remember, when you entrust your life into the Lord’s hands; you need to trust in His timing. It is not easy (take it from someone who still makes the same mistake) but the Lord’s timing is always fruitful and good.
P.S One song I have been loving is ‘Wait On You’ by Dante Bowe and Chandler Moore. ‘It’s not about just waiting, it is about what you’re doing while your waiting. So instead of complaining, why don’t we just start praising?’
Have a wonderful weekend! God bless, Victoria. xx