Devotional Submitted by Ally Musselman
I am not a patient person. I want things to move, and we are currently living in a time when nothing seems to be moving. Our world has come to a screeching halt. During this time of quarantine I have been reflecting on what it means to be patient. Somebody told me once not to pray for patience because I wouldn’t like how God teaches patience… sometimes he uses worldwide pandemics.
Padfoot (my dog) tore his ACL and had to have surgery in early March. I could not wait for the surgery to be over so that he could get back to normal. His surgery went smoothly, but his recovery has been anything but smooth. He has had problem after problem recovering from a very common procedure. He had his second surgery ten weeks after the first one and is still not fully healed, and I am so impatient!
Patience isn’t easy to come by because it comes through trials. I know very few people who have always been naturally patient. Patience comes through hardships. In James chapter 1 it says to consider it joy when we encounter trials because those things will develop steadfastness. To be steadfast is to be resolute or unwavering. I think those are two words that also describe patience. If I am truly being patient, then I am relying unwaveringly to the knowledge that God will work everything out. That doesn’t happen without the trials though. We need the struggles in order to grow the patience in us because without the times of struggle, it is hard to see the ways God has come through for us.
I have been praying my way through the Psalms lately and there is one verse that jumps out at me as I contemplate patience. Psalm 130:5 says “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” This is my prayer as I wait expectantly… for the pandemic to end, for Padfoot’s leg to heal, for life to find it’s way to a sort of normal again. And this is my prayer for you as well. That you would wait for the Lord with your whole being. Because He has a plan in all of this. The storm will end and the light will shine again.