Patience – They say don’t pray for patience. Hmmm, when I hear those words, I must admit I agree. But then something inside of me beckons me to call out for patience because it’s something we shouldn’t do.
Most folks reason it’s because God will give us plenty of opportunities to test our patience.
But what if we looked at patience from a different angle? What if we viewed it from the aspect of needing to exercise some patience while we wait for something to happen?
Do you know what I mean?
Let me give you an example. I am excited about my new book, Bridge to Grace (harmless plug). My excitement leads me to research several avenues I can freely access that will allow me to expose folks to my new book.
The problem? I do not have enough hours in the day to set each one of those avenues in motion. This is where my patience, and I might add, anxiety comes into play. I feel there is a window of opportunity, a deadline, an urgency to make all this happen. If you are an indie writer, you understand my angst. To me, I need to hurry up and get it done before the golden window closes.
The other side of patience in this scenario is to make a list of to-do’s and check off each one as I complete them with no set time frame for execution. There’s room for relaxation as I sit back and watch things happen, as I watch my book continue the slow climb upward.
But is that a realistic approach? Hence the dilemma I am having.
I am reminded of the scripture in James 1:4, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
So I move forward wisely AND patiently, seeking to follow the will of the Lord, not my own will. And as I move forward, anxiously watching to see what happens.
Blessed because He loves me,