Friday, March 16, 2012

Patience is a Virtue

"Patience is a virtue". This is a common proverbial saying.  However sometimes I feel like we don't always completely understand the meaning of it.  To be patient, to wait for something is sometimes the hardest thing to do.  Trust me I know! I want to dedicate this post to all the young ladies out there.  Here is why.

As young women, we all long to be desired, sought after, loved, etc.  We all desire to meet our prince charming one day and be swept off our feet.  Some may say this is a fantasy that may never come true but its real.  All we have to do is wait for it. The waiting part is hard though.  Many times, we tend to give our hearts away  so quickly because we don't want to be alone or we can't stand to see all of our friends in relationships while we sit back and are by ourselves.  I have felt this way time and time again. Every where I go, I am always the only single one. At first this bothered me so much. I kept thinking whats wrong with me and why oh why am I constantly placed with people who are in relationships.  I thought to myself is this some kind of joke? But a joke it was not. It was reality. I had to learn to deal with it.

Waiting is so important.  When we wait on God, He gives us the very best.  With God, there is no mediocrity.  He knows what we need and He promises to give it to us when the time is right.  However, when we decide to take matters into our own hands, thats when problems occur and problems are not always good.  Here are two different examples of how important waiitng is and the good/bad consequences it can bear.

First Example: Sarah and Abraham.  Sarah and Abraham wanted a child.  They were getting older and still no child.  Well Sarah decided she didn't want to wait on the Lord anymore and took matters into her own hands.  She told Abraham to have relations with Hagar, their slave and impregnate her. When she was pregnant and had the baby, they would take the baby as their own.  So Abraham did it and Hagar became pregnant however the baby was not Sarah's for the claiming.  She still had to wait for her own child.  If Sarah would of just waited and continued to trust in God's promise, maybe he would have given her a baby sooner but that wasn't the case.

Second Example: David and Saul. David was already told by God that he was appointed to be the next king after Saul.  David didn't live a life of riches and things of that nature. He lived a somewhat simple life. Anyone in their right mind who knew they were supposed to be king and wanted to leave their "simple" life to live a better one would have probably tried everything in the book to get rid of Saul.  Not David.  Saul constantly tried to attack David and David rarely fought back.  When he was in the cave with his men and Saul walked in, his men told him this is your chance. Kill Saul. David cut off a piece of Saul's robe but afterwards he felt guilty and presented himself before Saul, humbling himself. He apologized and told Saul that no matter what he tried to do to him, he would never touch the Lord's annointed.  David had so many chances to get rid of Saul and take his rightful place as King but he was secure in the promise that God made to him and he wasn't going to take matters into his own hands. He knew that it was already done.  He decided to wait because he knew it was already his.

So here we have two different stories with two different outcomes.  The difference between Sarah and David is that David trusted in God's promise.  In order to truly wait on the Lord, we have to trust Him. Ahhh, trust! It's a hard thing to do and sometimes a hard concept to understand. But it is key when waiting on the Lord.  If we trust in the Lord, we wont ever have to settle for any ol' guy that comes along.  We wouldn't be easily deceived by the wolves in sheep clothing. We would be secure in the promises that God has made towards us! Im waiting because I know that when my time comes, it will be something I never ever imagined and I will say to myself, "I am glad I waited. It was so worth it".

If you're struggling with waiting on the Lord, not just for relationships but for anything in your life, just trust and believe that God will show up and deliver just as He has promised.  

"Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Prov 3:5

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