Learning Patience

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for Him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7, New Living Translation

Dear brothers and sisters, I know how frustrating it can be to see wicked people prospering. I know how disheartening it is to see those who have mistreated us get all they want while we are left wanting the Lord to immediately fulfill His promises to us. It is often easy for us to become impatient and to wonder why God doesn’t love us enough to give us our blessings now. We think we know what is best for us. 

We have to learn to be patient. The Lord works in His perfect timing. I know it can be hard to believe, for me I still have to practice being patient and to trust in the Lord. 

I have known since I was a very young child that I wanted to be a mother and that I felt the call of motherhood upon my heart. Yet, now in my mid-twenties, single and childless, I often have to battle the feeling that the Lord has forgotten me or has condemned me. 

Feelings of condemnation spurs from me comparing myself to others. I have seen the girls who would torment me growing up, getting married and starting families. I ask why can people who were so horrible to me get the things I desire so deeply, but I can’t?

We could always choose to do things outside of God’s timing, but what difficulties could arise? If we look at Genesis, we will see that Abraham and Sarah decided to work outside of God’s timing, and, in their impatience, had a child through Hagar, Sarah’s servant.There was a lot of mistreatment between Sarah and Hagar. Had they waited upon God’s timing, they could have spared themselves the bitterness that came from Hagar having a child while Sarah was waiting. 

The Lord is perfect in His timing. It is hard to accept sometimes, but we have to know all things work together for those who love God and seek after Him (Romans 8:28). We have to let go of our desire to control things and learn to wait patiently upon the Lord, to follow Him. He is patient towards us, so we should also be patient with Him and with others.

I pray that the Lord quiets my mind and makes me still before Him. That He will tame my restless, impatient heart and guide me to Him. I want Him to work through my life and help keep me from despair, so I can follow Him wholeheartedly. Amen.

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