Oh, how I dislike waiting – waiting for anything. Waiting for good things, exciting things brings impatience because we are looking forward to it and can’t wait for the good to arrive. Waiting for bad things, negative things we are aware are going to happen, brings impatience because we dread it and want it over. Then, when we are in the negative event, we are impatient because we just want out of the situation.
I have been watching the mother duck nesting in our backyard. She sits, patiently, all day long and most of the night, on her eggs. God gave her the instinct, and patience, to sit and protect those eggs until they hatch. She doesn’t sleep much because she keeps continuous watch for predators. It is incredible to watch nature and the natural behaviors given by God to animals.
What a blessing it would be to have patience like that mother duck. No questioning. No complaints. Just complete trust in God for wisdom, strength, courage, and guidance as we continue until His desired outcome is achieved. For mother duck, that will be the hatching of her eggs into precious ducklings.
God uses situations to teach us patience. These difficult situations help us grow in Him. Our faith in Him is strengthened when we are put through hardships.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.[Jas 1:2-3 NKJV]
Every time we come through a trial where we have had to rely on strength from God, we are stronger in spirit and in Christ. With each hardship we face we learn and grow. Enduring to the end is difficult. Impatience comes from our human nature. Making it to the end, with God at our side, is the knowledge and reminder that God will never let us fail. [Jas 1:2-5]
The more we make it through the trials the more we can know God’s role in our lives. He wants to be part of every second of it. He wants to go through everything with us. He created us and is interested in all we do. If trials are what make us turn to Him, then patience through it can only come from Him.
Whatever the Lord has us go through to strengthen us, shall we lean into Him for patience so He can bring to fruition our completeness in Him. Much like the mother deck nesting patiently until her eggs hatch and she can take her ducklings to water.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have [its] perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.[Jas 1:2-5 NKJV]