I hate waiting. Some people seem to deal with it rather well but not me. I am one of those people who have great difficulty hiding my impatience. Even at 50 plus years of age, I sigh, tap my foot, rock back and forth, pace, dance about, twist, turn, stomp, helplessly wave my hands in the air, emit more loud sighs and so forth. My husband does not seem to have this problem. I suspect that I do it for him as well as myself.
Over the years, my impatience has caused me trouble on more than one occasion and I really do try work on being more patient. I thought my impatience would improve with time but it really hasn't. I've only become a bit better at hiding it.
God has been talking to me a lot about patience lately. He wants me to not only think about practicing it, He wants me to actually do it. Fortunately when God wants you to do something, He doesn't leave you high and dry. He teaches you how to do it and provides you with the help and resources you need to do it, whether you are fully aware of it at the time or not.
In addition to some great blogs about waiting on the Lord I've been reading lately, the sermon I heard this Sunday tackled this issue as well. It was entitled "What To Do While Waiting For Your Miracle. The speaker, Dr. Sam Chand, outlined six principles of what to do while you wait. In brief they are:
As I thought about these principles, it caused me to realize that while at any given time I might be practicing some of them, in my most difficult moments I definitely was not practicing all of them. I was reminded of the times in the Bible when these words were uttered, "Fear not!" and always, those words were followed by the news that something amazing was about to happen.
When we resist fear we enable faith and we believe God. Surrounding ourselves with positive people who also believe God and speak life rather than death as opposed to negative people who wallow in doubt, gloom and despair strengthens that faith. Speaking words of life, God's Word, into our life reinforces our faith as does ministering to others, sharing what God has done and continues to do in our life and wants to do in their life as well.
You may be sitting in the waiting room at the moment but remember, you are not sitting in the waiting room alone.
3.Surround yourself with positive people.
4.Get the negative people out of your life as much as possible.
Sometimes though its these very people who teach us how to practice patience.
'When we resist fear we enable faith and we believe God'. I need to remember this more. I like to control everything, and when things don't move as fast as I want them to be I panic and try and take things under my control. I need to just let God handle it instead of panicking. Thank you for reminding my K :)