Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
I have too often imagined I have enough of it. But many things of late have come to my attention, pointing me toward the sad and sorry revelation that patience eludes me more often than I care to admit.
Now don't get me wrong. I understand that all things come to fruition in God's time, and I've truly made strides in accepting this.
Still . . .
In my mind, my foot taps restlessly, and I look to and fro for an immediate answer. Fact is I don't want to wait! I long to press forward toward the goal!
Martha, why aren't you more like Mary?
So even when I hear God tell me to slow down and simply rest in Him, I might heed it for a moment, but the next thing I know I'm rushing on to the next thought, the next activity, the next hope.
Martha, aren't you listening?
But God reveals, gently yet firmly, the error of my ways.
And He does so, most poignantly, through my latest novel Redemption.
I'm so, so excited when the books are delivered to my doorstep last Monday; beside myself with joy and anticipation. I know it must be perfect as I reviewed every detail of the manuscript before it went into publication. So did the editor at my publisher's. Surely, there cannot be any errors or mishaps.
There can't be!
Alas! There is. No, it doesn't affect the content of the story. No, it doesn't involve grammatical mistakes. But what it does reveal is my own impatience, hurrying to edit and return the book to my publisher instead of biding my time and waiting upon the Lord.
Waiting upon His revelation.
Being patient in His time.
Lesson learned, Lord.
And I have determined that when the publisher returns the next novel, Revelation, to me for final editing, I will take my time.
God's sweet time.
Have you ever found yourself on the wrong end of patience?
Prayer: Father, we know that patience is a virtue, yet we so often neglect practicing it in our day to day lives. Help us to remember to practice patience along with compassion, kindness, humility, and gentleness as we go about Your work on this earth. All this we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.