Patience is not a virtue that is easy for anyone to posses. I just feel like patience is always lacking from my genetic makeup and overall DNA. Anyone that knows me, knows that I can barely wait for my friends to run back and grab their ID’s when a bunch of us are ready to go to dinner at my college, let alone wait for God’s timing in my life.
No one likes to wait. Especially in our internet driven world where many answers are easily at our fingertips, it seems like no one really has to. As a self-proclaiming control freak, I can honestly say that there are many things about my life I wish that God would just let me have or give me the answers to. Like for instance, when my future husband is going to come into the picture? Or what he wants me to do with my degree after I have finished college? Yet, I am still no closer to having these questions answered than the Cleveland Browns are to winning the Superbowl.
One thing that can be of great consolation throughout our frustrating period of waiting for God’s timing, would be what The Bible says about the subject. In chapter 8 of Ecclesiastes verses 5-6 it says,
“Whoever obeys his commands will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for everything, though a person may be weighed down with misery.”
While that verse is rather bleak, it does capture a lot of the emotions I have while I am waiting for God to provide me with answers. I may not be miserable, but I sure am frustrated. Sometimes I just want to yell at God “Is it my turn yet?”
Romans 5:6 reads “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you”, declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope in a future.”
After hearing these verses it dawns on me that although I may not know what God is doing in my life right now, I can have faith that God does have a plan to benefit me. So why should I waste my time worrying about boys liking me or if I am taking the right classes? He is the God of the universe and He is in more control of my future in a moment than I would like to think I am in a lifetime.
I once heard it illustrated that our lives are like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We get to watch the parade from a window on Fifth Avenue. The room has only one window and it does not allow us to lean out, so we can only see the parade as it is right in front of our eyes. We cannot see what is in front or behind us. God is like the parade manager. He sets all the floats up in the order they are supposed to go and takes great care to ensure that everything is in its proper place before the parade begins. Because God does truly have everything in our life lined up in it’s proper place. Our time of waiting might be preparing us for lessons we will need for the future or upcoming joy.
I think that Joyce Meyer put it best, “Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
Talk about an inspiring quote. I think sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in our own self-pity that we overlook all the little blessings that God has placed right in front of our eyes. We need to remind ourselves of God’s past provision and His promise to do it again.
So, the next time you are ready to pull your hair out or scream loudly into a pillow because you have had it up to here with all this waiting, remember that God has already planned every aspect of your life out. We don’t have anything to worry about.
All this seemingly tedious waiting is nothing more than an ingredient that is necessary to complete the perfect dessert that will one day become our futures.