Up until this last year, coffee was something I always had on the go. Running to work, running to school, running an event. Mt. Dew and Coffee were never far from my hand- they were like an extension of my hand. I never sat down and enjoyed them; they were simply a way to cope with stress.
I often times treat patience in my life like I do my coffee. Carrying just enough with me to get through a situation.
Have you ever thought about enjoying patience?!
In the Christian world when we think about needing patience we always see it as a negative thing. It’s something we must have in order to get by. If you could look into my heart of hearts, often it would cry a sarcastic “Really?” when faced with a situation that needed patience. Patience meant a circumstance to endure. Not enjoy.
Over the last few years I have been in several situations and circumstances that have run longer then I thought would have been humanly possible to endure.
Slowly, ever so slowly, The Lord has changed my perspective on patience. Ecc 7:8 encapsulates some of what He has done in me.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV)
The end of a journey is better because we get to choose who we become in the process. In the beginning of something, we don’t usually have much control over it. We do control how we respond things though! The end is better because we have the awesome privilege to see the outcome. To see how the Lord has moved. Even in the most painful of situations the way He can transform us makes the ending something to rejoice over – no matter if it was the ending we originally thought it would be or not.
Why is it better to be patient in spirit? It’s better because at it’s core, patience is resting in the Lord. It is trusting in the Lord that He knows best and His timing is perfect. In the fullness of time God sent His Son! If it’s not the fullness of time for us, then stressing about it isn’t going to make it happen any faster. Patience means holding on to the Lord while letting go of expectations and trying to manipulate selfish outcomes.
We are proud in spirit because we think we know best. At it’s core, pride is worshiping self over God. Pride makes things all about us, without realizing there are many other factors.
Patience can be enjoyed when it leads to trust in the One who holds the end – the outcome in His hands. Rest is such a beautiful thing!
“Resting is not inaction. Resting is the freedom of walking in obedience and leaving the results up to God.” – Natalie
Ironically because of health problems I no longer can drink massive amounts of caffeine. The only time now that I have a Cup of Joe, is when I am sitting down enjoying it with a friend. Patience too can be enjoyed when we sit down and enjoy it with the Lord, rather then taking it and running. Resting can be a sweet, sweet thing. I am so thankful I have had to learn patience. If I didn’t I would have missed out on one of the sweetest seasons of communing with my Lord.
Psalm 116 says:
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
In fighting the work of patience we miss out on seeing that the Lord has been good to us in the process. Rest, for the Lord has been good to you!
Enjoy a cup of coffee with me today because He is good?