Growing up with two parents working full time was a the ultimate exercise in patience. (smile). As the middle child, I felt I was always waiting for one thing or another. Waiting to be picked up from ballet, waiting for the 36 bus, waiting at mom's office after school, waiting to eat dinner after church. Thank goodness, I had a library card to transform mundane stretches of time into fantasy courtesy of Nancy Drew, Pippi Longstocking, Anne of Green Gables, and Margaret Simon.
Fast forward to the present and I still hate waiting, Why? When I'm waiting for someone else, I am not in control.
What about when we are forced to wait on God?
If you pray, you must learn to wait. To be clear, though, you are waiting on God to move. You are not waiting on a grantor to pay out, a friend to reimburse you, or a colleague to apologize. Instead, you are waiting in silence with child like anticipation for God's solution to the problem.
God favors those who fear and reverence His Lordship through obedience to his requirements. It's a promise, darling.
Charles Fillmore, author of Teach Us to Pray defines LOVE as an ability to extend kindness even when it is not deserved.
Exercising this type of “active” love requires supernatural help. It is impossible to be loving in the face of prolonged cruelty, hatred, mean spiritedness and betrayal without God’s help.
Recall the words of Jesus found in John 14:6.
And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:6
The Comforter that Jesus speaks of is the Holy Spirit sent to dwell inside of us and to provide us with all we need to be our most perfect / healthy / happy / beautiful selves.
The Holy Spirit is really the light of God...it is GOD ENERGY that resides inside each of us. This GOD ENERGY enables us to be LOVING to ourselves, our neighbors even when we do not feel particularly lovable.
It’s a promise, darling.