Time and Patience
Knowing God takes time and patience. I know, we’ve heard this over and over again but how many of us believe in it and practice it? Put a strong, steady effort into developing an intimate relationship with The One who truly matters?
We live in a society where life is fast and patience is in very short supply. We want it all and we want it now. Instant wealth, fame, influence, success, material comfort and happiness. We are convinced that if we don’t have it all – or at least a good start – by the time we are 30, then something is wrong. If life does not go as planned, we wallow in self-pity convinced that life is unfair, we chose the wrong path(s), or wasted good opportunities. We ignore the fact that anything in life that is truly worthwhile and has lasting value takes time and patience.
It is the same with relationships. People come and go in our lives. Relationships with friends, colleagues, co-workers, classmates and family are in flux. We are a people on the move – constantly changing careers, jobs, schools, neighborhoods, towns and cities. This includes the most important human relationship of all – marriage. Indeed, in the USA the average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is 8 years.* We enter, connect and then leave for someone else.
Given the fleeting relationships we have with our fellow human beings, how are we supposed to cultivate a long-term, intimate and sustainable relationship with God? A God who we cannot see, hear, or touch but who is spiritually in us and with us all the time.
The Lord is here for us. He is dying to reach out and start a relationship. A relationship full of love, joy, mystery, promises, golden delights and unimaginable opportunities. A relationship guaranteed to transform you, how you see the world and give you enduring strength and an unwavering purpose.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Since we have so little time and patience for our human relationships, many of us see our relationship with God as another race or competition where the goal is to be “Number One With God.” We believe we have to know the Lord now – inside and out – and if we do not then we are missing something or falling short. If we do not “get God” after X amount of church and prayer time, then we are to blame for not being good enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, or Christian enough. It is our fault and as a result we feel frustrated, upset, and confused.
I believe God wants us to come to Him as we are. Do not strive for or race toward God. Instead, kick off your shoes, slip off your socks, put on a pair of comfortable shorts and a well-worn t-shirt and glide across the cool summer grass in your bare feet toward Him. Slip into His enormous, loving arms and snuggle up close and tight. Relax, close your eyes, take it all in as He squeezes you tight and vows never to let you go. The world disappears as your True Father presses His lips against your ear and whispers His love, hope, promises, miracles, joy, mercy, goodness, grace, devotion and forgiveness into your life. When you open your eyes and slowly come to, you see yourself and the world in a completely different light.
Knowing God requires time and patience and is not an easy ride. Keeping the faith, believing in a greater purpose, being true and obedient, always looking up no matter what the world and the enemy throws your way. Keeping your chin up and a smile on your face, and avoiding all the distractions, negativity and temptations. Stumbling, tripping, back-sliding, and falling flat on your face as you slowly make your way along the righteous and glorious path He designed just for you. Having the spiritual self-confidence to know it is God – not your crazy imagination – urging, encouraging, guiding, and leading you forward. Most of all, trusting in God and understanding that the Lord is in control, not you, and being humble and wise enough to accept it.
And maybe one day you will look back and realize that your time and patience with God made all the difference.All God asks is your time and patience Click To Tweet
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