Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. — Joyce Meyers
When I read this it resonated with me because I have often heard these words said to me when going through a challenging period in my life. “Be patient”, “Just wait a little while”. For a while it seems acceptable but after a long period, my patience starts to wear out. I usually go off profusely knocking on God’s door for an answer; I demand intervention now, not tomorrow but now. Sometimes I protest and camp outside until he opens the door for me. I soon realized that my childish approach does not guarantee an immediate response from God. I decided I needed to be patient whilst God was teaching me endurance. The frustration sometimes comes when we can’t clearly differentiate between the two. Patience is usually associated with the manner in which we deal with wrongdoings that have been made against us, but endurance is usually associated with difficult circumstances in life.
Endurance is challenging because we all would like to know instantly if there is a light at the end of the tunnel or at least have some indication as to how long the trials are going to last.
When the storms of life come in unexpectedly and the intensity sends you wanting to run away and bury your head in the sand, then remember, “BE STILL, THIS TOO SHALL PASS”. God is present in the storm. Some of the great lessons I have learnt in my journey came through my storms; I couldn’t see my way out but I felt the hand of God steering my ship in the right directions. Some storms come to steer us away from going in the opposite direction from where God intended for us while others come to take us to the next level. One thing I have learnt is to ask the right questions. What? And Why? In the times when I have asked and then opened my ear to listen, the Holy Spirit has been faithful in giving me a better understanding.
I encouragement you to “BE STILL, THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.