Hebrews 12:1-2
"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

Patience is really hard for me.  Go figure, it is listed as being one of the fruits of the Spirit and is listed in the Bible's definition of love.  Lord knows best of anyone (and my family would be sure to confirm) that I need to work on patience.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control."  Galatians 5:22-23

"Love is PATIENT, love is kind..."  I Cor. 13:4

The adoption process demands patience.  Inside myself, I have been jumping up and down, impatiently pleading with God to let the process go fast(er).  See, I am the child who was so excited for Christmas--the one who was so IMPATIENT--that I unwrapped my Christmas gifts when no one was home.  One of the gifts was a dress which I tried on (loved it!), and then proceeded to wrap all my gifts back up so that there was no evidence.  Being impatient wasn't so much fun on Christmas day though.  Unwrapping my gifts the second time around while already knowing the contents stole a lot of the joy.  I know that my parents would have felt the same way if they would have known it at that time (are you kidding--I didn't fess up to this until many years later!) Waiting and having patience would have definitely been better and more enjoyable.

I AM NOT PATIENT.  "God, give me patience."  Ah, be careful what you ask for.

As an adoptive mom, each day that passes by without our kids here, I see as a loss.  I wonder if they have enough food for the day...if someone will hug them or kiss their little cheeks.  I wonder if they will be told a story and tucked in...if they will be rocked.  I want their hearts to know that somewhere on the other side of the world there is a family who loves them before we even know "who" they are.  I wonder how much time we will lose just because we have to be patient.   But, I will try.  I will try to be patient.  I will pray for patience.  I will do this only because my faith is in the God who knows all the little details...and He knows the perfect timing...and He knows that developing patience in me now is preparing me for the days ahead.  He promises that true love is patient. So, I will be obedient and wait (even though it is so incredibly hard!).  Because of  love for my Heavenly Father, I will wait patiently for my "little loves".

"Father, through your Holy Spirit give me patience,
to realize that you are in control and
that your timing is perfect.
And God, while you're developing patience in me,
could you also speed the process up?"   :)

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Lisa, I am so with you on this one. Every day I wonder, "are they getting any food? Are they on the streets? Are they in a place where they can be protected from so many of the evils that might surround them?" It's so hard to think about, and if I do it too much, I get overwhelmed. Every day I ask God to protect them, give them what they need, and give them hope; to comfort them wherever they are. And to help ME to be patient too!!

    It's nice when things are moving along and at least something happens every day...but that won't always be the case so we just have to trust Him because His timing IS perfect. We just have to hold on to that!