Patience

 The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].
It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord. -Lamentations 3:25-26 (AMP)

As a child, patience was definitely something that alluded me (as it does most children). I wish I had a nickel for every time I asked my parents for an e.t.a. for anywhere we might happen to be going. Then there were times of enormous wait for things such as Christmas morning, when we knew as kids we would be rewarded with all sorts of neat things– previously unavailable to us during the year. While those times of waiting might have seemed like torture to a child, there were obvious tangible results at hand that I knew [in the back of my mind] would soon be realized. Now, as an adult, much has changed in some ways and, in others, not much.

Fast-forward from those childhood days in the back of my parent’s 1960 Ford sedan to the present day, well over a half-century later. Time has “marched on,” and so has my impatience– in some ways. However, I have (over the course of time) gained a modest amount of patience– as I have been around long enough to see the rewards to people who wait on God and seek His will for their lives.

I love how the Amplified Bible puts it: “require Him by right of necessity…” Truly, as time marches on, I realize that God is much more than a luxury or convenience– He is a necessity in my life. Always.

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