It’s hard enough waiting for something that you want, but to be still and wait for something that you know you’ve been promised or that which you believe you deserve; is the real test of character.
If I’m being completely honest I’m anything but patient, when things don't go my way or I’m left hanging in the balance I tend to feel like God has forgotten about me. I begin to question God’s love for me and soon enough I find myself asking woeful questions like ‘why me God?’, questions that naturally leave me feeling resigned with an ‘I can’t do it anymore’ mentality or an ‘everyone else seems to have it better than me’ worldview.
It seems hollow to quote cliches like ‘good things come to those who wait’ but there’s some truth to be found in the cliche, at times a delay can really be a setup. Whilst we’re worrying and doubting, God is really saying relax Maame, drop all your worries at my feet and I will direct your path.
Now, this isn’t to say that you should lie in bed all day and expect your dream job or wish away your life without hard work. Patience is not laziness, in fact, it’s the exact opposite:
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
One of the greatest examples of practicing patience in the Bible is Abraham. Abraham was given a vision at the ripe old age of 75, he was promised to become the father of a great nation but it took God 25 years to fulfill that promise and give him Isaac. Yet despite the improbability of God’s promise Abraham remained patient and faithful ‘and because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous.’ (Romans 4:18-22)
The key to patience is faith. Whether you’re waiting for that special person in your life, your dream job or whatever the case may be, take your small mustard seed of faith and start with small leaps of faith - nothing is too small for God.
Practical Steps: On a separate piece of paper write down one thing you've been patiently waiting for in your life. Pray this prayer today - ‘God if it is your will for me to have [blank] I dedicate it into your hands today and know that it will come to pass’. Store that paper somewhere personal and get to work!
Plan out practical steps you can take position yourself for your blessing and pray about it daily, whether it's today or in 5 years if it is God’s will it will come to pass.