I believe for those who love God and are called according to his purpose that good things await (Romans 8:28). No matter the situation or circumstance, we will experience victory. The challenge is what to do while waiting. Being patient during the in-between time. Whether in the midst of a storm or during the yes, but not yet seasons. If we recognize that love is patient, God is love, and we desire to be more like Christ, then we must pursue patience.
Patience is a word of activity, movement, and endurance. It should not permit us to do nothing while waiting; otherwise we might not get what we want. Recently, Ayanna and I purchased new bikes for our twin daughters’ sixth birthday.
Upon receipt, the girls were ready to ride. Yet, I still needed to put on training wheels in the midst of a busy weekend. They accepted the delay, but after a couple days began to inquire about their bike status. Upon hearing them pray about riding their bikes, I had to prioritize putting on the training wheels and taking them bike riding. My very own children demonstrated great patience, making me so proud of them, and they taught me some things about patience. (I was not intentionally trying to teach them a lesson, but I believed it worked for the good in developing their character and patience as well).
Over the course of about five days, my answer to my daughters was always a yes, but not yet so to speak. God often does this with us. The answer to our hopes, dreams, or prayers may be yes, but not right now.
So what do we do while waiting for our yes to come to pass? We should be seeking the Lord wholeheartedly in prayer, reading the Word, praising him for who he is and for what he’s going to do according to his promises. Remembering that patience is active. We don’t sit or be idol while we wait. Trusting in God’s timing and that He’s always active and moving even when we can’t see it.
In fact, God promises that our strength is renewed when we wait upon Him. We will be overcomers full of energy equipped to endure the journey we are on to realize our hopes, dreams, and prayers in accordance with His will.
Be encouraged and let us pursue patience!
I’d love to hear about your encounters and victories with patience.