Patience is not a strong suit of our culture. We like things at our fingertips instantly.
When we were staying in Haiti, one of the biggest changes for us, beyond food and weather and culture, was the internet speed! Ridiculous, huh?! But true. The internet was so slow. It felt like dial-up from 1997. It didn’t cause us to love Haiti or it’s culture any less, but it was a new lesson in patience. Everything got done slower, but it didn’t matter, because goals were still met and it left time for relationships to develop. We can still hear our children laughing with their Haitian friends about a silly joke, waiting for some page to load on a screen. We created plans with the pastor, and learned of His joys and challenges in ministry, patiently waiting for a document to download.
Anytime God brings up patience in Scripture, I get a little impatient. But the things we wait for, really are worth the wait. The things of God are beyond our wildest imagination. He offers us completeness and restoration, which we experience in part, but wait for in its fullness. We wait patiently, but in eagerness and the longing spoken of earlier in Romans 8. We know in truth, through Hope that all will be fulfilled, just as He said.
This kingdom perspective changes the way we interact within our families and our churches. We are growing together. Growing takes time and patience. When people seem uninterested or uninvested in the work of God, we can offer patience. Just as our children grow up, so does our marriage, and our churches. Patience from the Spirit flows from us to our spouse and our children. Relationships grow and flourish through perseverance. After all, we are all waiting for something together.
Lord, grant us this patience, to wait on you. Help us to grow in You and with one another as we study your Word and walk in your ways. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.