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by Karen Anderson  
11/04/2012 / Christian Living

Once again you are in the constant frenzy of impatience. You have heard the saying, "patience is a virtue". I personally think the person that came up with that statement must have lived in a vacuum. We are humans and no matter what you do, patience is never easy. Can we totally achieve this on our own? I believe ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you personally have been able to develop patience in all situations, share it with all of us.

I hear so many times that many of you are struggling with the same thing that I do, and that is PATIENCE. Here are a couple of situations that you can face. You are late to an appointment. You get in the car and what happens? You hit every red light in your path. You get more and more frustrated so that by the time you get to your appointment, the thought "One more thing better not go wrong or I will!!!" Here is another thought for the next time you are stuck at that traffic signal. Maybe God allowed your tardiness so that you avoided an accident or something totally unexpected that could have caused you harm. Instead of letting your emotional thermometer explode be thankful to your heavenly Father that He guided your path. He did this by allowing the car to start, give clear directions to get there, and you made it to your destination all in one piece.

God can use these inconveniences to show us His love. I still hear myself saying to God, as I make fun of my own weaknesses, "God, I need your help but I need it right now, not later, or tomorrow but RIGHT NOW!" Is this kind of praying really going to change anything? The answer is NO, because God, in His wisdom, knows that what you are asking for may not be the best thing for you at the time. We have such a great God that loves us and we just need to ask for His guidance. God's word says, "In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."

I have another example of waiting (patience) for God's direction. As I sat at the table eating my lunch, my dog, Nikki, sat right next to me with those beautiful golden retriever eyes. She looked so longingly at me as I enjoyed my food. Then once or twice I observed her smack her lips with her tongue. Now who can say "no" to that? What I observed was that she was being very quiet and obedient and was just WAITING to see what I would do. When I gave her a small bit of the foodthat was one happy dog! Think about God in heaven as we pray and send our petitions to Him. He wants to see if we are willing to be obedient and just wait, but wait expectantly. Then, when He answers, REJOICE!

So even in times of anger and stress because your day is not going the way you expected or planned, pray for that patience and then sit obediently and expectantly for that morsel that God has waiting for you. Then, above all elseBE THANKFUL for what God has done for you.

PASSAGE: Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

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