July 9, 2013

love is patient.

So much has been happening in my life...and I honestly know that God was there leading me the entire way.  A month ago I went through something that had me lost and wandering.  A few weeks ago I was blessed to know that one of my best friends is now going to be an even greater part of my life.  I have gone through highs, I have been through lows, but lately, I have been letting the One above take me by the hand to lead me blindfolded through this life that I am living.  

Love is PATIENT.

We have all heard the love chapter that is 1 Corinthians 13...we hear it most frequently at weddings, we see it in prints hanging in churches.  This piece of scripture surrounds our lives on a daily basis.  When people think of scripture and love, this is the first that comes to mind.  

Throughout our entire lives we have been taught the value of being patient.  Patience is something that is difficult to learn, and even more so today with our instant connectivity to those around us.  No longer do we have to be patient...our internet is flying at soaring speeds, text messages are delivered in seconds, and our phone is usually just an arm-length away.  We are connected all the time.  We expect an response immediately. Patience isn't easy...love isn't easy. Pray about it. If you truly hand your life over to the Lord, He will give you the peace and comfort in your heart and soul that we often need.

Love is PATIENT.

I always looked at this passage as in how to treat other people in this world, but never did I think to put it in the context of my love for for my Savior. Am I patient with God?  I know I am not. Most days I expect that same instant gratification I can get from my phone or the internet.  I want God to respond quickly to my prayers...

God has a unique way of bringing us closer to Him and most of the time it will take a hurt feeling or two for us to really start trusting Him.  We live in a broken world that throws curve balls at us, and sometimes we have to learn the hard way that our faith has fallen away and needs to be in Him.  Pray to Him and don't be afraid to ask those questions that are on your heart.  Be still...and know that he is God.

So, even if He doesn't answer your prayer today, tomorrow, or next month...be patient with Him and listen.  Read the Word, find scripture that is comforting to you in that time of need, continue praying, but most of all...have a patient soul.  He will come to you. 

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ." 2 Corinthians 1:3-5