What patience can do for you

I was on a train that was going very slowly the other day. I felt that if I got off the train and started walking, I would get to my destination faster. The train was painfully slow but all I could do was sit there and be patient. I could have lost my cool and entertained a lot of negative thoughts but the Lord pointed out a few very interesting things. He showed me that since the train was going so slowly I could admire the scenery. I could see the beauty around me that I had missed every time the train had gone fast in the past. I could enjoy the trees and the beautiful flowers. I could see things I had never noticed before. That is what the Lord pointed out. He didn’t encourage me to lose my temper. He didn’t want me to focus on the time and to think that I was going to be late. He directed me to stay in the moment and to rejoice over my surroundings.

That slow train ride was a nice step back. A step back from the busyness of my mind. A step back that was truly a step forward. Why? God is patient and He is not in a hurry. Slowing down allowed me to get closer to God and to be more like Him. That a step forward in my book. That is a step forward in His Book. The Bible teaches us about patience but we are often in a hurry to get to the end of a chapter of our lives when we should let every page unfold. We want to know how it will all end when the Lord wants us to go through a natural process of identifying every section of our story and making the most of it all. What leads to the end is just as important as the end and sometimes more important. Every chapter of our lives matter and they should be lived out to the fullest and appreciated. Patience is more than a virtue. It’s the key to great treasures that can only be discovered if we take the time.

When I was on the slow train, I enjoyed that slower pace. I didn’t at first but once I got on God’s page, I understood the value of slowing down. Like I said, it draws us closer to God and it enables us to develop a wonderful fruit of the Spirit. Without patience we can miss out on so much. Without patience we can forfeit our faith. Faith works with patience. There is no way around it. You can’t walk in faith if patience is not by your side. You can’t walk in love if patience is not your friend. You can’t have hope if patience is not part of the equation. Patience is a key that opens many doors. It is a master key that fits in many locks. When we rush around and try to open a door, we can’t get the key to turn properly because we are distracted by our own impatience.

Patience gives us the ability to make things fit the right way and to find the proper way to do things. I can think of many times when I did a bad job at school because I wasn’t patient. Now if I am impatient with the things of the Lord, I will not gain wisdom and I will misinterpret what He is trying to tell me. Patience and meditation go hand in hand. I meditate on God’s Word every day and I need to be patient when I meditate. I need to be patient with myself and patient with the messages I am getting. God doesn’t always reveal everything right away. Sometimes when I pray I don’t hear Him if I am too scattered in my thoughts and I am rushing around. I get the best of out of prayers when patience is involved and I wait on the Lord.

“Wait on the Lord” is an encouragement I often get. How can I wait on the Lord if I am not patient and I am not slowing down? I have noticed that when I pray for something or I expect the Lord to intervene in my life and I wait patiently, it is more likely to happen. I have found that life is what happens when you don’t look at it. In other words, great things in life take place when we don’t keep starting at them and wait for them to manifest. Patience tells us to focus on the Lord and not focus on the creation. Patience tells us to focus on the good and not pay attention to the bad.

Patience works with faith and it is always positive. Patience has a positive outlook on life. Patience is strong. Patience gives us the strength to hold on. If you are struggling with patience today, I invite you to invite it into your life. Pray for more patience. Get used to getting on the slow train and enjoy what is around you. Walk slower. Walk with God. Don’t run to the end of the chapter. Engage with the beginning, the middle and the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes during the whole process. Slow down and enjoy the moment. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:2

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