Are you always in a hurry?
Impatience has become a normal part of our lives. We hope everything in life will meet our expectations. Unrealistically, this is impossible most of the time. The current culture we live in conditions us to have a busy schedule. And hurry no matter what we do. Which then turns our minds into racing and shrieking, overthinking every scenario we deal with. The sum and substance of all this dashing about points towards training yoursef to be patient in shifting and differing situations. So how do you learn patience with a good attitude?
Can you relate to the prayer ‘God help me to be patient, but please hurry’?
Most of us can honestly admit we have struggled with being patient or learning patience. Pushing it to the last thing on our list of skills to acquire, we can sail through life never acquiring this indispensable characteristic that is necessary to thrive in life. And honestly you can get away with it. Unless God uses His master plan to sweep you off your feet and undividedly gain your attention. There is no sidetrack in where God leads us.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also boast in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces patience, patience produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:1-4
I think there is a great deal of truth in this Chinese proverb, ‘One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.’ Where we all can relate to occasions where we have unknowingly or deliberately ended up in such a predicament. Due to our own haste and impulsive actions.
Is it possible to develop positive traits to defeat impatience?
When suddenly life stops us in our tracks and we are smack in the middle of something tragic, shocking or pitiful. Do we view this as an interruption or a prompt from God? To interject the chaos and busyness of our life with His direction. Pain can change our perspective. As it compels us to look inward. And upward.
But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of God: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger; by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and look, we live; as punished, but not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; and as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
Has life abruptly become difficult? Or your plans unanticipatedly shifted overnight?
Hang onto God. He knows what He is doing. In His sovereignity He always has another way. I dare you to trust Him.
Will your attitude be optimistic – when it’s painful or through delays? How do you behave while you wait?
When we adopt a positive mindset to always look on the bright side of life. We know eventually this will give rise to positive results. And this phase will pass.
Sometimes it’s keeping the optimisim that though we make plans, God’s purpose prevails. Right now I am understanding that things can change overnight. And am propelled to enjoy so many of the simple tasks I took for granted. God ordains all our days. Yes even the ones where you wonder, ‘how could this have happened to me’.
God longs for our attention, but have we put our trust in horses and chariots and not in Him? Then He has no choice but to use adversity, calamity and catastrophe to gain our attention. Unexpected twists and changes in plans can feel like setbacks at the time. But God is a faithful God. And he can turn any shadows and hopelessness to bring His divine purpose to something greater. Our unpredictability can offer an angle for God’s sovereignity to allow us to blindly obey that where He has placed you right now, is exactly where He wants you to be.
Could I trust God even when…?
Without a doubt, God can be trusted wholly. Despite the acuteness of your circumstances.
- Even when you cannot hear Him right now. He will always speak at the right time.
- Even when life has knocked you repeatedly. He will bring you through.
Worry and fear leave you spinning in circles. But committing your situation and trusting God strengthens your faith. Life is filled with questions that have no answers. However, trusting God without borders brings His peace. He opens doors no one can. And closes doors He knows are not the right entry. If you do not know the way, trust that God does.
Neutralise and control your impatience by believing that God is assisting you to be calmer and accept your situation. And trace His hand in every moment.
Share your thoughts…
Do you find it hard to wait well? How do you learn patience with a good attitude when you are in a valley of despair, discouragment or disillusion?