Fruit of the Holy Spirit // Patience

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen Author Unknown

Lord, may it please you to rescue me; look upon me and help me. “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

My husband and I recently moved our family to a new town following my acceptance of a new job. I was excited, I was hopeful, and I was stressed. Like most people, change doesn’t always bring out the best side of me. Sometimes, believe it or not, change makes me an anxious, crabby person. A person that takes out their frustration and anxiety on others- including my husband.

Now I should probably state the fact that I’ve never been a patient person, but my husband is in fact one of the most patient people I’ve ever met. He’s calm under pressure, he’s level-headed and he’s typically the speaker of reality when my anxiety leads me down the road of over-reaction. With this being said, that doesn’t mean that he’s always happy about the situation- being patient with an impatient person is a fine art my friends and yet I often wonder how the Lord manages to remain so.

The Lord remains patient because the Lord knows our plans. He knows when to push, when to lay low, when to let us learn and when we need immediate intervention. He knows our future, which we do not. Sometimes I wonder if He smiles when we request something, praying so diligently for something that isn’t in our plan. I wonder if He smiles and shakes His head thinking

“Dear child, just wait.”

Wait. Breathe. Trust in the Lord and His plan.

Trust that He will never forsake you, never leave you without a safety net of sorts. Be patient with the Lord and with yourself.

How can you improve on your patience today? With yourself? With others?

To Jesus through Mary-Dana 

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