But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Patience is something that we are called and empowered to live in when we follow Jesus. Theoretically patience makes all the sense in the world and is a really idyllic tool for when we haven’t seen the fruit of our prayers and desires yet. But put into practice, patience is really hard. It requires us to set down the things we are hoping for and believe that the goodness of God is going to come through anyway.
I am in the middle of a season of my life where a lot of patience is required of me, and because there are a lot of things I dream for, I find myself here pretty often. What I’ve found is that when patience is asked of you, your heart does a really good job of revealing the nasty stuff that has been hiding. Things like jealousy, entitlement, manipulation, anxiety, unbelief, and irritation can really easily become your best friends - This happens when you forget who God is because you are so fixed on what you don’t have yet.
While our hearts get more pure as these things come up and we get to deal with them, God has shown me that the key to waiting well is actually him! This sounds pretty cliche but has revolutionized my ability to hope for the future and still be fully present and excited where I am. Once I realized the goodness I was expecting out of the fulfilled dream/hope/promise was already in God, I stopped feeling like I would be thriving once I didn’t have to wait anymore. Patience no longer feels like an in-between purposeless time of waiting, but is transforming into a beautiful space of building faith where I get to partner with God and believe him for things I don’t see yet. Patience is amazing because it teaches you to believe God for who he is and set your life on Him instead of being tossed by circumstances and what you do or don’t have yet. Learning how to be patient with God and with others also invites you to see into the things in your heart that REALLY want to get their way but can’t, and then pursue everyday with purity.
Invite God in, to redeem patience and give you revelation of what having patience looks like in your life. Pray, “Father thank you for who you are. Thank you that you are so wildly good that all of my anxiousness, all of my circumstances, all my frustrations get to be redefined by your goodness. Thank you God that you teach me how to abide in you when things are amazing and when things aren’t. Teach me how to press into your goodness when I’m waiting for things that aren’t here yet. Teach me how to switch my focus from some tangible thing fulfilled to my you, because you are good to me right now. Thank you for who you are. Come and encounter me today. I love you so much, amen.”