I have vowed to not to take the freeway to work, or going home from work. Honestly, taking the street way tends to be quicker. And why is that? Because people in my city can't drive. I actually heard that insurance companies have deemed my city as a city of people who tend to be more dangerous and careless. So it's not just my opinion.
But even driving down regular streets, I find myself going faster than the speed limit. Oops 🙊 and don't let the person in front of me be doing the speed limit when I'm trying to speed. I'll get so mad and go around them. But why is that? Why am I always trying to get no where fast? Why can't I just do the speed limit? This, my friends, is my PATIENCE issue.
Patience is one of those touchy subjects. And by touchy I mean, no one wants anyone to touch theirs. We like to have that thing we struggle with and patience is always in the mix. Whether we're anxious to get that new job, a phone call, to get in a relationship 👀👀👀 but honestly, when things are rushed, they tend to end messy, not the way they were intended, and some things may happen that were not suppose to happen in the first place.
Those who wait on God, whose hope and trust is in Him will find strength in that. (Isaiah 40:31). When we wait for something, it can be annoying. Because we are creatures that naturally want to see the end result. We want to know the ending of the story, the ending of the movie. We want to be finished with school NOW. We want to get where we are going NOW. We want to be married and have kids, like, yesterday. But if we get it what we want when we want it, then that produces no faith in us. It cultivates nothing in which we would put all of our trust in God. We wouldn't know him as a good good Father. But we must wait for things, and allow it to make us patience and trusting. (Romans 8:25)
The small things of traffic bumper to bumper, the old person digging through their coin purse at the cash register or waiting for the new game to come out is just the tip of He patience iceberg the Lord wants to create in His earthen vessels. Let's go back to yesteryear shall we.
Remember how patience we were, when dial up internet was a thing? You literally had to wait for your mom to get off the phone just to plug the cord into the back of the computer. And then you had to wait for the little AOL dude to come on. Looking back, it probably took 15 minutes just to reach the desktop! But we were patient. Why? Because we knew there was greatness in the other side. What if you were patient enough to wait for the sweetness of Christ and His satisfaction? What if you were patient enough to wait for what He wanted for you and not try to rush the process (btw that's prideful)? What if the thing you've been praying for is on the other side of your patience and God is ready to do it for you, but you keep "rushing" Him because you don't understand what a chill pill is?
Sometimes we feel as if we have been doing good for so long and nothing we want to happen has happened yet. Well, the bible says we are to not get tired in doing good. Galatians 6:9 says "we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the PROPER TIME if we do not give up" (HSCB). Now, that's not necessarily meaning that you will get everything you want. But if you are believing the Lord to do something, and it aligns 1) with His Word and 2) what He specifically wants for you, then leave it in God's hands. Cast ALL your worries, fears, confusions, doubts, problems at His feet and leave it there, trusting He will work it out, and believing enough to hear from Him on what you should do.