Patience is not one of my virtues. Most people don’t like to wait but some are more impatient than others. I run with that crowd.
As much as I don’t like waiting I have come to embrace it, knowing that in those times when we feel like we are in a holding pattern, we are actually gaining something invaluable – STRENGTH.
My husband works out on a regular basis doing WEIGHT training – and sometimes he drags me along. I don’t like it, but I do it because I know that I will gain strength from it. If I choose the weight myself I usually go for the lighter, easier option. When my husband comes along he always makes me increase the amount I am lifting. He explained to me that unless I am pushing my muscles beyond their normal limitation I will not be accomplishing anything but conditioning. If I want to build muscle (strength) I have to push myself and increase the weight to a somewhat uncomfortable amount. This causes the muscle fibers to actually tear. But what happens after that is amazing. After the workout the muscles fibers heal and it is a scientific fact that they come back bigger and stronger!
There are times in my life when the WAIT training I have had to endure seemed endless and beyond my normal limitation. When all I felt was torn down and ripped apart it was hard to imagine that I would ever feel strong again. That is where patience and endurance come into play. The word of God tells us that if we are patient and endure we will receive all that we have been promised. It seems that patience is a requirement of the waiting period. In my experience, I have never been granted deliverance from a waiting period until I have learned to patiently endure.
Of course there are times in life when we have to fight for a breakthrough but more often than not I have had to wait for the breakthrough. Knowing that my heart was being strengthened in the process was a comfort.
Do you find yourself in a holding pattern? Be brave and wait patiently for the God to reveal all that He has planned for you. And in the meantime take courage that you are getting stronger every minute!