by: Nina M. Phillips
I am the type of person who is "satisfied".
Satisfied with where ever I am in this life, my age, my IQ, where I live, my children, and grandchildren the Lord has blessed me with. I have had money and I've been flat broke, but I'm satisfied.
I've been up and I've been down, but wherever the Lord has me I find that I am satisfied.
I wasn't always like that. As a youth, I was truly impatient in every way. I thought I was one of the smartest persons on the planet, had a quick hot temper and smart mouth (I thought that was cute).
We can see this reality, IMPATIENCE causes lack of perfection.
I had really big plans, which didn't include falling for a guy, and being a housewife. I used to be smart about that too, "I wasn't going to be married to a house!" That wasn't on the agenda of great adventures. I was a spoiled mountain grown brat.
I read the Bible, loving the Lord seemingly my entire life. I began to consider patience is a virtue, and patience is a faith builder. Those really great things about patience. I knew I had a need for patience. Not many had great patience that I knew personally. The only way we could have perfect patience is to ask the Lord for it. "So, hey why not?"
However, I was told it may not be a good idea, to pray for patience. "Wondering why?" Quite a few said, "to be cautious what we pray for."
At the time it seemed like a great idea to have. It lead to even bigger things. Having a perfectionist personality, I felt a need to add patience on my list. So, lo and behold, I sincerely asked the Lord to teach me patience.
May I say, "I have WAITED long and hard for nearly everything" until I learned through patience, the faith. I wondered when I would ever see the end of these tests and trials. When in the world is anything GOOD ever going to happen to me?" I made so many mistakes in my life, it became un-real. "How could I be so stupid?!" I berated myself.
Through the years, and learning: "If I didn't blow off steam. When I stopped acting like I was all that and a bag of chips. After me, myself and I lost everything I had for the most part. When I wouldn't seek vengeance myself. After I stopped doing things my way, and began to hear AND wait on the Lord. He began to restore to me the right things, and a double portion. Training us up in the way we should go.
I learned these facts through experience:
They that wait upon the Lord; he shall renew their strength.
It wasn't a matter of my will, initially wanting to stop being that way. We stop and change, and our minds renewed, because of the Lord intervening in our lives. He saves us from ourselves.
No matter how long it took, how flustered I got. I learned to rely by FAITH in Jesus, my patience was being worked overtime. Eventually beginning to reason, that "THIS TOO SHALL PASS." Now understanding the true meaning of "the patience of the saints."
Our judgement is misconstrued many times because of lack of patience. Doing things our own way, and for ourselves.
Self-serving, serving mammon. Often we are our own worst enemies. Taking chances, trusting ourselves, our wills, and wants and got ta have's.
I often smile at others impatience, they may think that I'm not very bright, because I don't 'stress out', they may think I'm poor and worthless, sometimes they blow off steam, and have a smart mouth (which they may think is cute).
Until the world cuts them a bad deal in one hand, and it all begins to fall apart.
Yet, those who trust the Lord, remain at the table, maturing and growing in our spiritual walk. We've been given something many don't have, Love which suffers long and bears all things, Faith, and Hope.
We have access to the full deck. Holding all the aces, and on to the King Jesus. Patience works us to perfection, polishing us. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Do I regret asking the Lord for patience? No
But I sure do wish that I had learned more quickly!
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It's true, isn't it, that patience is one of those things we really need to work on (with God's help, of course!) I think that my children and life in general have taught me patience. God certainly doesn't work on my schedule. I try to live in the present and make the most of wherever God has put me today. Thanks for sharing!