Been thinking about patience lately and how many enemies patience has lurking around every corner. Maybe it’s pride, or anger, or selfishness, or judgment that is keeping a tight grip on my patience —- that keep that beautiful reflection of God’s character from being front and center in my life. Yet, how patient — how extremely patient has He been with me throughout my life?
HIS patience has met me so many times, just like the waves of the ocean meet the sands of the beach. If I don’t get it the first time, there is always another wave, and another, and another that keep coming until whichever enemy of Patience holding tightly on to me is washed away. And I finally GET IT! My Abba Father doesn’t stop showing me over and over again in my life the same lessons until that refrigerator light goes on.
That’s one sure thing about patience — it takes time. So as I wait during this season of asking for understanding, I think back over the many times I have seen His tender arms of Grace, Compassion, and Mercy open to me pulling me in from whatever deep waters I’ve wandered into, gently putting me back on the narrow path. Even when I didn’t want to be rescued —- HE waited, not watching the clock or the calendar. HE waited for me to return.
Part of this journey of mine is finding JOY– even in the trials. HE is teaching me this!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing ~ James 1:3-4