Waiting for Patience

(Excerpt from Love is Not an Emotion)

The words, love never fails, stopped me in my tracks when I read them in 1 Corinthians 13:8. Those words were very difficult to accept. From my viewpoint love had failed me many times, and yet the Bible is God’s Word and pure truth! So, in my heart and mind, something had to give. It was MY IMAGE OF LOVE that had failed me. I needed new picture of love— the real, God kind of love. Since God’s Word is true—love can never fail—I wanted to know and understand that unfailing love, and make it a permanent part of my life.

Love waits with patience…I often back up and reread 1 Corinthians 13:4: love suffers long…that is patience. Then I think, uh, oh! Here we go again. As I mentioned earlier, from my perspective, patience equals suffering! As difficult as it was for me to admit, the key element that must be recognized is love never fails because love is patient.

Waiting has always been difficult for me. I want it now—whatever it is! When someone says, “I’ll tell you later,” my immediate reaction is to say, “No, tell me now.” Now always seemed better than later.

At Christmas time, I’m right there with the kids. “Can we open the presents now? Let’s open one or two.” If I have my way, we’ve got most of them out from under the tree and open before Christmas morning ever arrives. And truth be told, a tree without gifts under it on Christmas morning is a sad sight. Even if we’ve already opened and played with all the gifts, the anticipation and excitement of Christmas morning was lost because of my own lack of patience.

Over the years I’ve gotten better. I remember spending a long season (more than two years) contemplating the meaning of Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God.[1] It seemed during that specific time in my life—no matter where I looked, or what I walked through—God was speaking to my heart to wait, and I knew He meant wait with patience.

For me, a ninety mile an hour person, patience takes faith. I know that only by God’s power am I able to wait. I’m still learning that God’s love is like a battery that powers up my ability to wait. With love in place, I have a supernatural ability to do what I had no power to do before.

Love is Not an Emotion is available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.com. linae cover

[1] NIV

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