Patience is a virtue….

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1 : bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2 : manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3 : not hasty or impetuous
4 : steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
5: not me; joeybelle.

I have never been a patient person. I learned long ago to never, under any circumstances, ever pray for patience. You’d think that I’d have an abundance of patience – given that I have had plenty of opportunities in my life to use it often. Waiting in doctors offices, waiting for an operation, waiting for a diagnosis/results, waiting for pain relief, waiting for “the guy,” waiting, waiting, waiting….but, I don’t. I have not mastered the art of patience. Though I have mastered the art of being a patient. Irony? God’s sense of humor? Most definitely, yes.

In the past thirteen days – I have never read more Scripture on “waiting” in. my. life. I didn’t go looking for it either. Almost every day – without fail – yet another verse shows up in my day about waiting. Now it is an inside joke between the Lord and I – just wondering how and when the next one will show up. Also, in these past thirteen days I have been committed to praying for my future husband, daily. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
All of these verses finally got in my head and I really began pondering the whole “wait patiently” thing. Yes, I have waited – I could write a million examples from my life about waiting. But, patiently? Um, no. I get annoyed, flustered, angry, impatient, sometimes rude, uppity (how much more important is MY time), opinionated, ugly, etc. Though I don’t always express this frustration verbally – it almost always manifests in my thoughts and body language. Not just with people either. Most ashamedly I admit that it all too often happens in my relationship with the Lord. “I don’t get want I want, in my time – well, I’ll show Him!” I have acted that way far too many times. I have thrown Scripture back at Him, “oh yeah, well I have waited patiently for you long enough! When is it my turn? When do I get what I want?” Like a toddler throws a tantrum, I have kicked my feet and whined about “is it my turn yet?” How gracious God is to answer when we call:
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,and he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Romans 15:3-5

Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised. Hebrews 6:15

Yet those who wait for the LORD, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9

God, the one and only—I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? Psalm 62:5 (MSG)

Wait passionately for God, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it. Psalm 34:34 (MSG)

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130:5 (NKJV)

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3

I do not have the patient [patience] part perfected yet – by any means. BUT, I am trying, I am working on the patiently part. I really am. I really, really want to get it. I am certainly not hoping for more opporunities to practice this art, but I am hoping and praying that I can be a more efficient, patient girl – who waits on the Lord patiently.
You know what I think practicing patience has brought to my life thus far?
Hope.
I’ll take it.