I’m not a very patient person.
I don’t wait very long after a light turns green to honk my horn at the car in front of me.
I get mad at myself when I choose the wrong line at Costco and have to wait longer.
There’s nothing worse than having to wait behind someone at Starbucks who is ordering four Frappuccinos.
After typing those three examples, I realize that I’m a terrible person. I know that I’m impatient and in spite of God’s persistence in giving me opportunities to be more patient, I’m resolute to remain impatient.
My impatience has really reared its head over the past few weeks. I thought that waiting to get my iced coffee was bad, but it’s nothing compared to waiting for the birth of our daughter.
We’re really close to the birth of our daughter, like potentially some guest posts and reposts throughout next week close. So I’m waiting and finding it more difficult to focus on everyday tasks.
I’ll be at work, but I just keep thinking about seeing our daughter for the first time.
I’ll be on a run, but I think about putting our daughter in our B.O.B. stroller and taking her for a run.
I’ll be watching the Cubs, but I get distracted thinking about putting our daughter in one of her Cubs onesies.
Before when I’ve been this distracted it’s been because of something bad that happened at work or anxiety about an upcoming conversation. I can’t think of the last time I was this distracted by something so good. I don’t think I was even this distracted and impatient about my wedding, mostly because I saw Alycia every day. I see our daughter every day as an arm or a head sticks out from Alycia’s stomach, but I can’t wait to hold her in my arms and see how Asian she looks (hopefully).
Patience is a weird virtue because it applies to various seasons of our lives. Job had to be patient while he waited through his suffering to hear from the Lord. David had to be patient through his successes in order to become king. We all have seasons of waiting, regardless of what we’re waiting for. No matter the season, though, we need to exhibit patience.
Patience allows us to trust in God no matter what we’re facing. If we’re experiencing a trial, then patience allows us to persevere, trusting that God will eventually meet us in our suffering. If we’re waiting for something exceedingly good, like the birth of a child, then patience allows us to trust that God will bring that good gift to fruition exactly when he wants to.
I can’t wait to meet our daughter (I always thought that was a weird phrase), but I know that I’ll hold her in my arms in God’s perfect timing. Learning how to be patient and trust in God’s timing during this exceedingly good season, will hopefully help me be patient and trust in God when the season isn’t as good.
What helps you be patient?