We have been encouraged not to pray for patience. If you pray for patience chances are that God will give you a challenge that is meant to grow your patience, and that sounds counterintuitive. So as I think about my need for more patience in my life, I dig further. I a look at my responses to life and I wonder how did I get so defensive and off course so quickly. Why wasn’t I willing to wait, study, pray, or think more??
Soon, I realized that I could not give myself a pass for being impatient. Being impatient is a symptom of a greater problem. When we get angry quickly, don’t show enough love, grace, kindness or compassion for the situation at hand, when we get weary and rash and feel like we are going under; it is not a lack of patience, it is a lack of love and trust. Now that sounds harsh but hang with me for a minute.
Look at the Bible stories where many of the characters got tired of waiting for God to act and took matters into their own hands (Genesis 16:1-15, Exodus 32: 1-10, I Samuel 14: 1-14) to name a few who did not wait.. check out their consequences for not waiting… not good!).
I look at the areas in my life where I have compromised by taking matters into my own hands. This is not just about being in a hurry; it ultimately comes from a lack of trust in God and His ways and His timing.
We are conditions to have or expect immediate responses to life and its challenges, and questions. Many times the answer is ….Wait... Trust me (God).
When you get tired of waiting, ask yourself these questions:
- Why am I in such a hurry?
- Do I trust God to handle this in His way and His time? Why or why not?
Remember it is not about patience… it is about love and trusting God more!
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at NUMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.