Sprinting to Patience
Posted on August 25, 2012
One of my friends is injured and unable to run. I hate it. I know she dislikes it more than I, and I feel selfish whining about it, but my whining hasn’t stopped yet. Our friendship extends well beyond the 100s of miles we’ve shared on the road, and I praise God for that blessing. I still miss her, however, on our Saturday morning long run ritual. I’m trying to be patient as I wait for her to heal, but patience is not my forte’. I get irritated waiting for her next doctor appointment, and it’s excruciating when the doctors suggest rest or various other remedies because there’s always an annoyingly long trial period for each possible remedy.
My patience problem affects significant things like my parenting and insignificant things like my ability to wait for the repair person who plans to arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Considering the overwhelming and incomprehensible patience God shows me every millisecond, I find my behavior offensive.
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
God’s told me many times in numerous ways patience is important to Him. Paul even tells us it’s a fruit of the Spirit – VIP status for character traits. Galatians 5:22. Job, who was stripped of just about every earthly thing important to him, remained patient and faithful to God. In Esther, a queen waited for just the right time to ask her king to save her people. The most powerful example is the life and death of Jesus. He was patient with all people in every situation. Knowing His life on earth would end in unimaginable pain, Jesus resisted temptation, offered healing and hope to sinners, and walked the uphill path with the cross without any exasperated sighs or signs of frustration. He was patient until the end – asking God to “forgive them; for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34. I’m thankful for God’s patience, and I know I require a great deal of it. Waiting for God’s time can be difficult, but when I’m impatient, I’m telling Him my itinerary is more important than His. I know I can improve because I have nowhere to go but up. I’m in a hurry, but that’s a place to start.
Dear God, please give me a patient heart willing to wait for all things according to your time.