Throwback Edition: “The Promise in Patience”

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The only thing worst than waiting on something to happen is not actually knowing when it is going to happen.  So you sit and you wait, and you wait, and you wait, hoping that the day is actually faster than the hours on the clock…I guess this would only really apply to those of us that sometimes have a hard time dealing with patience.

Patience can be one of the most hardest things in life to conquer.  And I say that in terms of anything that you just can’t wait to happen. Whether it be a good thing you are waiting on, or just something you are trying to overcome and get through.

Dealing with the unknown can be frustrating at times.  It’s like a game of chess.  You sit there trying to think strategically on the best move to make and then you have to wait patiently while the opponent makes their move, all the while not knowing what is going to happen.  Was that the best move?  Could you have made a better move?  What will happen next?

I have always been a good one to put on the face of patience but inside I am completely driving myself insane because all I want to do is move forward.  And this can be with anything in life that we deal with.  Take job hunting for instance.  When a person finally decides they need to begin looking for a new job, they are consistently filling out applications or sending out their resume, waiting to see if they will get call backs for interviews or not.  Then, if you do get the interview, you go in hoping for the best when you walk back out.  You hope that you gave your best reflection of who you would be as a potential employee and all you can do from that point is wait……

Or what about relationships.  Some of us long for a serious committed relationship, and we go through all these different situations in dating, hoping that something meaningful will come of it and a lot of times we are waiting to see what the next move is.  Only the problem is when you are dealing with someone that is either unsure of what they want, or they are just simply “not ready”, then this is when our patience is truly tested.  How long must you wait for someone to make up their mind about what they want from you, and how long are you willing to endure it?

Another hard test of patience is when you are going through something in your life that seems to be causing you a mass amount of frustration coupled with a feeling of being overwhelmed.  Sometimes life does that.  It throws us these curve balls we aren’t quite ready for, and suddenly everything seems to be going wrong.  Well you make the best of each day and get through it to the best of your ability but life seems to be going at a slower pace and you just need a breakthrough right?  But at this point your tank that is supposed to be full of on E.

I am here to tell you that you are not alone in this.  There are so many others that are dealing with something that seems to be taking over life, but some of us just hide it better than others and some of us handle patience a little differently.  The key to it all is to stay in your faith.  Strong faith.  Faith that allows you to get up everyday DESPITE your troubles and worries, and continue to push through.  You must wake up everyday with the intention of staying as positive as you can, even when you feel like everything around you is crashing.

I am a living witness to dealing with personal life matters that I had no control over,  and all I could do was just cry.  Cry because I still have to be strong even when I feel like I want to give up.  I have to teach myself to step outside of the situation and always tell myself how it could be worse.  I have to ultimately use my inner strength to carry myself AND the load on my back,, all while functioning as someone’s mother.  And for anyone that has a child you know how hard that can be.  But even for those who don’t have any children, it doesn’t make it any less hard for you.  We all go on different journeys and we all have to come to peaks and valleys at some point, it’s just what you do when you feel stuck in that valley that will determine how you rise to that peak.

For me the year 2015 taught me a lot about elevating myself in patience.  I had to deal with the up and down emotions of relationships, friendships, family, dealing with death and grief, heartbreak, and work related stress and I am for sure that nothing carried me through other than that of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…and of course patience.  All of these things that I had to experience required me to have patience.  I had to accept them for what they were and continue on with my life,  However, what I know is this, God is the wind that continues to move through your sail.  He keeps us going on, and our word tells us this in Romans 5:2-4

“Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

So there you have it.  Written right there before our very own eyes in the Word of God.  You WILL get through these things and you will come out of them even stronger than before.  You will gain so much glory coming out of these troubling times because you will look back on them and see how far you have come. You will see how much inner strength you have and it will make you that much more prepared for the next obstacle life requires you to get through.

Here’s a promise, have faith that in patience, he who faces troubles requires strength. And he who remains strong, conquers all.

Until Next Time,
Peace and Blessings.

La’Ray Renee