Patience: is Waiting Without Getting Upset

I am a Kindergarten teacher.  Often I will tell my Kindergarteners, “Patience.  Patience: is waiting without getting upset.”  Waiting is hard.  The bible says, “Ask and it will be given to you;  seek and you will find;  knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).”  We dwell on that first line, “Ask  and it will be given to you,” but we often look over the process to the promise.

If all I’m dong is asking, then I’m forgetting about the actions that need to be taken.  Seek and knock.  Both words are verbs.  Both are meant to be done in you’re waiting.  I can’t help but think: If I am meant to wait, then there has to be a divine purpose for my waiting.  There is something I need to learn in my waiting.  My waiting has a purpose.  My choices are simple, I can choose to ball up my fist and throw a huge fit because things are not going my way.  I could even choose to pick and annoy the friends around me with constant complaints.  Or  I could stand up tall, wear a smile and wait well.  No matter what, I have to wait.  My waiting can be done with grace or disgrace?

Waiting is hard and before it is my turn, before anything I have asked for happens, I will praise Him!  Seek Him.  When I’m forced to wait in this never ending line; when the people around me are trying to pull me down; When encouragement does not come, rejoice anyway!  Seek his word.  Look to the stories where people waited well or poorly.  Genesis 16:1-4 God promised Abraham a son, He did not wait well,  He was manipulative and during his wait time he fathered another child with another wife, who was not the child God had promised.  David was waiting to be King and struggled aimlessly escaping to the land of the Philistines, thinking if he didn’t Saul would kill him (1 Samuel 27:1).  Also in 1 Samuel 1 you can find the story of Hannah waiting for a baby.  Years and Years Hannah would pour out her soul to the Lord for a baby.  She would seek, she would knock.  She waited with purpose.  She praised God in the mist of her longing.  She gave it to the Lord and waited.  God gave her son.

Today if you are waiting, waiting on that job, a husband, a wife, a baby, or maybe you feel like you are just waiting for more.  I urge you to wait with grace.  Praise Him for you’re waiting!  Knowing He has a plan and a purpose for you’re waiting.  You are His daughter or son.  Your more is only found in Him.  #WaitWell. 

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Wait Well My Friend,



Picture by Dory Zidon

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