The Time In-Between
When the steamy heat of summer is not yet past but the cooler days of fall haven’t quite arrived, it's sometimes difficult to be caught in between. When it's not quite time to switch the thermostat from cool to warm but it’s too soon to pull out my long-sleeve shirts and sweaters, I eagerly anticipate the changing seasons.
In-between times are when I get to exercise a virtue I have yet to master – patience. From simple everyday events to life’s major stressors, all require varying degrees of waiting patiently. The dictionary defines the word ‘patient’ as: capable of bearing affliction with calmness; tolerant; persevering. All wonderful characteristics that don’t come naturally. That’s because patience, also referred to as long-suffering, is a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in my life.
Waiting can be hard. But it also offers me an opportunity for growth. I can use this time of waiting to evaluate things. Is there anything I need to change? Something I need to do differently? The Apostle Paul offers some challenging words for me to consider, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1; KJV).
My life is a journey. Others are watching. Times of waiting require patience. Will I give in to my impatience, charging ahead recklessly, or submit to the will of my Heavenly Father who knows exactly what I need? When I make the choice to run life’s race with patience, times of waiting become opportunities to point others to the Savior.
On this journey of life, how do you view times of waiting? Do you get impatient? Are you willing to see waiting as an opportunity for growth? Focus on Jesus. Take a step toward patience and make the Savior known!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for times of waiting in my life. Help me to submit to the Holy Spirit, so I can develop the quality of patience. When others see this characteristic in my life, help me to be quick to point them to You. You are worthy of all of my praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.