Fruit of the Holy Spirit // Patience

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen Author Unknown

Lord, may it please you to rescue me; look upon me and help me. “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

When I think about patience often I think about how I need more of it. More patience with my husband, with my daughter, with myself. But the cool thing about this verse is that it isn’t all about me. It’s about God’s patience. I spend so much time thinking on the patience I need for other people that I forget how much more patience God must have to deal with me. I don’t always follow his commands, some days

I’ll realize at bedtime that I haven’t prayed at all until then! I am constantly putting everythingelse before God, and yet He is always patient with me. I am so grateful for God’s patience, because without it, I would never make it to heaven. But what I’m now learning is that I need to be patient with Him, because that is how I can show my trust in His promises for my life. Every trial and tribulation is meant to bring me closer to holiness and sainthood. There is a reason we don’t get everything we want right when we want it!

My husband has been looking for a job for almost two years with no luck. It has been really hard to trust God and be patient throughout this time, but I know that, as cliche as it sounds, God has a timing for everything. That doesn’t mean that we can just sit back and wait for things to happen.

My husband has applied to hundreds of jobs, written cover letter after cover letter, redone his resume a million times, and has now discovered that maybe he doesn’t want to do the kind ofwork he’s been looking for after all, that he’d rather switch over to a different field. It took almost two years of hard work to even get to that revelation, but with dedication and patience,

I can already see a renewed vigor in his job search. Sometimes the waiting is meant to change us, to help us discover something new that God has planned for us. But for now, we are still being patient. Because what seems slow to us, is just right in God’s timing.

How have you grown during a time you had to be patient with God’s timing?

To Jesus through Mary-Sarah 

Image by Alyssa Marie Francis

Image by Alyssa Marie Francis