Patience or Lack Thereof

I am not very good at waiting.  Patience is definitely not a virtue of mine.  In fact, to be perfectly honest, I struggle daily with my lack thereof.  But it does seem like I’m always waiting for something.  Last year I took the plunge and decided to get braces at 40 years old.  The orthodontist said my treatment would take 16-18 months.  That didn’t seem so terribly bad at the time, but as the days and months have drug on, it seems like I have been waiting forever for the final reveal.  I still have at least another 3 months to go, and so I must wait.

One of my least favorite things to do is to wait in line.  It seems like such a monumental waste of time.  I know it is a necessary part of life, but when I am waiting in line all I can think of is everything I am not getting done.  I also hate, hate, hate red stoplights.  Could be because I’m always running late to appointments, but that’s beside the point.

I’m sure all of this impatience is partly a result of my perfectionistic, task-oriented character.  I am a to-do list type of gal.  I function from my to-do list, and if life gets in the way of my list, I can get really impatient.  It’s something I have struggled with my whole adult life.

Do you remember the phrase – Please be patient with me, God isn’t finished working on me yet?  I feel like that has been and maybe will always be the motto for my life.  I am a work in progress – God’s handiwork.  He’s always teaching me something new and making me more and more into His image.  I am learning that waiting is not always a bad thing.  In Micah 7:7 the Word says,  But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.  Like the prophet Micah, I desire to watch and wait for the Lord.  Maybe one day I can say that patience is a virtue of mine.  In the meantime, I will wait upon the Lord.

They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31





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