It takes a day like today to remind me that I am not a patient person. I like progress. I like forward movement. I like to be productively engaged. Today, I don’t see a lot of progress and there is not much I can do except wait.
I started with the flu a couple days ago and that is making me tired and achy. Moreover, the doctor told me that I should refrain from contact with people until I have been fever free for a day. I am home-bound for the next couple days.
Second, the pieces are not falling into place for our next planned international trip. Nancy and I are careful to not intrude when we travel internationally. We want our international friends and colleagues in ministry to sense and express that they believe we will add value to what they are doing. We want to fit into their agenda and schedule. Usually when we let them know when we are going to be available, they are able to adjust and happily include us in their work. This allows them to maintain control of their ministry and gives us confidence that we are adding real value. Essentially, we need to wait for them to invite us.
Third, as part of our plan to relocate to Pennsylvania, Nancy and I are considering purchasing an old church building. Currently, there remains a couple unanswered questions about the property. We need to wait for the sellers to get back with us.
As I’ve thought about patience today, I’ve realized that patience is evidence of trusting God. Conversely, impatience is an indicator that I don’t trust God. If I really trust God in the way I say I do, I would not look at these circumstances and feel impatient. Rather, I would look at these circumstances and realize that God is trustworthy and my responsibility is to wait on Him.
Ultimately, I am not waiting for restored health, colleagues, and sellers. I am waiting on the Lord and trusting in his powerful and kind resolution of these and all my other issues.
Oh God, make me patiently obedient!