No "Pass" on Learning Patience


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The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

I've often heard that the worst prayer to pray is one asking for patience.  Seems the general consensus is that if you pray for patience, God puts you in situations where you need to learn patience.  It is not something that you somehow get bestowed upon you, but rather something you develop through difficult circumstances.

I'm not sure if that idea is true or not, but I do know that I wasn't born a very patient person.

Yet, I seem to think that, because I have to deal with chronic illnesses, I get a free pass on having to learn patience.

I want responses to my requests for help with things ... now.

I want my doctors to have answers for me ... now.

I wait impatiently for test results.

And I have to admit I want answers to my prayers ... now.

This morning finds me wondering why I have drawn that faulty conclusion.

It is as if, somehow, discomfort and pain, restricted movements, etc. have given me license to stay an impatient person.

Scripture says in Philippians 4:5  "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men."

 I'm realizing how much opportunity my challenges give me to cultivate that that "gentle spirit."

And boy oh boy, do I need help with that.

I fall back on verses like "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

I certainly don't have enough strength on my own!

While I long for that "pass" on my actions and attitudes.  I know there is none.

I also know I have access to the greatest power in the universe.

God, Himself.

There was a song my kids learned a long time ago in Sunday School.  Kind of funny that I remember the words ...

"Be patient,

 Be patient,

 Don't be in such a hurry.

 When you get impatient,

 You only start to worry.

 Remember,

 Remember,

 That God is patient, too.

 And think of all the times that someone had to wait for you."

Father God, Thank you that you are the supreme example of patience.  Your patience and Your love are such an example for us.  Strengthen us where we need strengthening.  Help us cultivate that gentle spirit you desire.  Meet us where we are today and help us to go one step further in our journey toward You.  Amen and amen.

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