Give Me Patience—Right Now
To coin a beloved phrase by Joyce Meyer: “ I’m not where I need to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be!” I have matured in my spiritual walk over the last few years and when I look back on my journey thus far, I realize how much I’ve grown in spite of the stumbles and wrong turns along the way. In some instances it took me longer, than was probably necessary, to get to the point where God wanted me and in those times of disobedience and struggle, God was patient with me. I can only imagine what it was like for Him. I think of Him standing at my door with a big gift box full of blessings, filled with anticipation to give me this gift but, because of my shortsightedness, pride or disobedience, I did not answer and instead left Him waiting—waiting for me to be ready to receive what could have been mine.
God has really been patient with me—so why am I so impatient with Him? Why do I still want things done according to my timetable and not His? Why do I tend to get anxious about the fact that I am not where I want to be? Why am I impatient when God has commanded me to be patient (Psalm 37:7) and has shown himself, time and time again, that He can be trusted with every detail of my life?
I’ll be honest; I often hesitate about praying for patience because I know that it is a virtue that can only be learned by surrendering control to God and waiting on His timing. Patience, however, is not just waiting—it’s waiting with the right attitude; waiting with faith and contentment while attending diligently and cheerfully to the assignment that God has placed before us. We are so infected by the “NOW” world around us, where everything moves at such a fast pace and instant gratification is the trending theme, that patience, in its entirety, is a challenging concept. Yet, we are still called to wait on the Lord, to persevere and to trust in His promises and His timing.
I’m still learning how to become more patient. It’s a day to day lesson filled with difficult tests and though life is a tough classroom, I know that I have the best teacher, in Him.
“Dear Lord, please help me to become patient. When I feel rushed, please give me Your peace. When I am angry that things are not going as I planned, please give me Your perspective. When I feel frustrated or discouraged, please help me to focus on Your promises and Your faithfulness in answering my prayers. Help me to bloom where You have planted me and to persevere with the right attitude knowing that I can trust in You and in Your master plan for my life. In Jesus’ name I make this prayer– Amen”
Psalm 37:7-9: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
Psalm 86:15: But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Isaiah 40:31: But those who wait on 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.