"I waited patiently in the Lord, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry."
In this age of instant gratification when everything moves too fast, if we slow down, chances are we will get run over. We don't have time for anything and everyone is in a hurry. Unfortunately, most of the time, this is also passed on to our spiritual life. If we find time to pray, we watch the clock afraid we'll be late for work, or school; we rush our prayers in expecting immediate answers. Most of the time God is treated like a fast food drive through restaurant where we can simply put our order in and move on with our lives. Remember the saying: "good things come for those who wait"? Rushing God to answer our prayers only interferes with His plan for our lives and, almost always, we have to go back and start over, thus delaying what God had already prepared and would have granted to us at exactly the right time. Patience is produced by the Presence of the Holy Spirit, it is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). Therefore, if we want to possess this virtue, we must seek God.
By being filled with His Spirit, this fruit will be formed (produced) in us through faith, and we will learn to wait.
Dear Father, may we always thirst for your presence. May our intimacy increase until the fruit of patience is born in us. Let us say as the Psalmist says:
"I waited patiently with the Lord." I acted with patience in what I could not change..."
May God grant us the faith it takes to rest in Him which will make us calmer, more understanding, and more tolerant.
These reflections are written by my mom, then translated and edited by me. But, sometimes, God changes the whole thing. 😊
Thank you mom, for being such a dedicated servant of Christ, and for the example of faith you show us each and every day.