The need for patience is something that lasts our entire life. We may be in a season of discouragement, and desire a season of joy. We may be in that season of joy, but still excite over the promises of the future. We may be in a season of unknown, anxious about the journey ahead.
We all go through these seasons, and we all, to an extent, look to the future rather than focus our attention on the present.
But God does not want us to constantly live in our thoughts about the future. He created the present for us, as a part of our journey through the gift of life. He created the present for us, so that we can experience what He has given us.
That is why it is so important to remain patient in the season of our life that we are in because, while we may be ready to move onto to new one, God has a plan of His own.
Regardless of what season we are in, God is carrying out His plan. His plan not only for our life, but His plan for us. His plan for our character, for our minds, and for our hearts.
We may not see it, for God’s plan is far more grand than anything we can conceive. But even though we cannot see the magnitude of God’s plan, we can place our trust in Him. Trust is a pillar of patience.
I am the kind of person who needs to be intentional about focusing on the present. I am guilty of thinking about the future more than I know I should.
In times when I notice myself drifting into the future, these are the verses that pull me back to the present. These are my reminders that God created a time for everything, and that I need to acknowledge my trust in Him and open my heart to the work He is doing to me in this season now.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven
And Jesus said, “you don’t understand what I am doing now, but someday you will”
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
…and endurance produces character, and character produces hope
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
Whatever you are waiting for, have faith in God’s timing. He will not send you into the unknown of the future unprepared, because it is now that he is preparing you.
To us, waiting is wasting. To God, waiting is working