In God’s Image: Patience

I have to say that the last month has not been the easiest when it has come to my “real job”.  So many of us here in the Midwest are feeling the delayed Spring in our bones.  Even as hearty Minnesotans (either by birth or choice), we’re ready for beautiful weather and flowers!  Personally, I have had my moments of being mad at God for letting weather get in my way.

Multiple times my plans for visiting with individuals or groups have been derailed due to misplaced snow storms.  For someone who can’t ‘work’ unless she can get there by car, I got really frustrated.  I have spent an unusual amount of time on the phone talking with folks, but even that does not really replace face-to-face contact.  (Only in traffic does my ‘work’ feel like ‘work’ anyway.)

When my frustration or anger peeks, I know it is time to listen to myself and to the Spirit.  With God, if we don’t learn something the first time, we always get another chance to learn the lesson.

Patience has always been a huge growing edge with me.  I have gained a lot of patience – especially with being a mom, marriage and therapy. Oh, and simply years of living.  Yet, here was another opportunity to be reminded that patience is a virtue!

In the Common English Bible (according to biblegateway.com), patience appears 25 times, with many more verses having a related meaning.  Among these, Romans 2:3-5 struck me the hardest.

“If you judge those who do these kinds of things while you do the same things yourself, think about this: Do you believe that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the riches of God’s generosity, tolerance, and patience? Don’t you realize that God’s kindness is supposed to lead you to change your heart and life? You are storing up wrath for yourself because of your stubbornness and your heart that refuses to change. God’s just judgment will be revealed on the day of wrath.”  (Romans 2:3-5, CEB)

How can I judge others when I may feel or do the same?  How can I have no patience for someone else, when God has enormous patience for me?  How can I demand something from someone else, when I could not do the same in return?

Be it frustration with unusual weather, dealing with day-to-day life, or being on a different places in our faith journeys, God calls us to reflect the patience He has for us in how we deal with others.  Just as Paul declares in Corinthians 12:12, a true apostle is patient!

May God help us to be patient with others and ourselves, as we daily strive to to follow Christ.

 

Two related posts:  Letter’s To My Children: Gift of Patience and Prayer: Carpet Poop

Additional insight on patience by another blogger:  Patience (birthinukraine.wordpress.com)

 

About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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