patience

July 29, 2009

This is a post from a long time ago on a different blog, from a different time in my life. As I was reading it, I was just inspired to share it.

I know if you are anything like me, patience is a hard thing to come by. I heard a quote today that actually inspired me to write this blog. It was by a woman named Margaret Thatcher. She said, “I am extroidinarily patient provided I get my way in the end.” Thats so true for me.

But what about when I dont get my way? What about when I’m patient, and the end result seems to suck just as bad as it was to begin with?

Well, thats where I am right now. I’m being patient. Waiting on God. Waiting on life. Waiting on something. I can’t put my finger quite on it, but I think that waiting isnt enough. I dont think God wants me sitting around reminding Him about how patient I’m being, because that’s not actually patience at all. I dont think God wants me complaining to Him about everything I’m waiting for.

So I’m sitting here thinking, and the fruits of the Spirit come to mind. Galations 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law” So I did a little Bible study and I looked up patience, or makrothymia in Greek. It says, “longsuffering, forbearance, slowness in avenging wrongs.”

Patience doesn’t mean “waiting”?? What?! Patience means longsuffering? Slow to avenge wrongs? Crap. That’s not what I signed up for..

But then again, that’s exactly what’s going on in my life right now.

Maybe He’s testing my patience…

Maybe He’s testing yours too…