One thing I feel I am always working on is patience. And the reason I am always working on it is because I am constantly confronted with opportunities to be patient…or impatient…whichever way you want to look at it.
Patience is needed in so many aspects of my life and on a daily basis. I can’t seem to escape the need for patience!
I may become impatient with my children after I have repeatedly asked them to do something over and over and over again and they choose to not listen.
I may become impatient with that lady in front of me at Target who is holding up the line because what she is buying has no price tag and the cashier needs to call the manager.
I may become impatient with this baseball life…enough said!
Impatience has been such an easy “go to” response in my life when not only day to day things cause frustration, but also when I am waiting for circumstances in my life to change. It’s in these moments I so easily find myself questioning God.
How about you? Are you impatient in certain aspects of your life? Do you feel your patience tested in this baseball life?
When will we move to the next minor league level…or better yet the big leagues?
When will my husband be healthy and get back on the field from his injury?
When will we sign a contract that we can actually live on?
If we look more closely, the answers to these questions is really about our impatience with God and His timing.
A number of years ago God challenged me in my impatience and really opened my eyes to something hidden in my life when I questioned His timing.
It was hard for me to swallow when I first came to realize that when I am impatient with God and His timing, in whatever aspect that is in my life, I am demonstrating pride. Yes pride!
Pride is having a high opinion oneself; a feeling that you are more important or better than other people; arrogance, conceit.
I don’t think any one of us would really consider ourselves to be prideful. I know I wouldn’t.
And that’s why this aspect of pride may appear “hidden” and not so obvious.
When I am impatient with God, I am not trusting His timing. I am basically saying that what I think...when I believe…my idea of timing…is above and greater than His timing.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Why are you impatient today? Is your idea of when things need to change in your life above God’s idea of when things need to change in your life?
I am not saying we shouldn’t keep praying and crying out to God for our needs, but after we have presented our requests, submitted our needs and desires to Him, we need to understand that God’s timing is not our timing and He will answer according to the proper time…the right time…the best time…His time.
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 NLT
If after we pray, we find ourselves impatient, murmuring, and complaining, we need to do a self-check and really question if we are trusting God fully…and His timing. And we need to consider the pride that we may have allowed into our hearts.
God is all knowing and all powerful. His timing is best…and He knows best…in every situation and every circumstance.