At the moment I am waiting for a role and remuneration review at work. Normally this process would only take a few weeks but because of new systems being put in place, I’m going to be waiting at least three months.
It’s not a big deal in the scheme of things but when I heard about the wait, my immediate reaction was disappointment and dejection. I felt like I just wanted to mope around for the rest of the day at work. But I’m determined that in this period of waiting I’m going to wait with patience. Unless the wait turns into six months, then I might lose the plot a tiny bit.
The question is, how do I maintain patience while I wait? Patience isn’t something that has come naturally to me in the past so over the last week I have been searching the bible for the secrets to waiting patiently.
In the bible the word patience more often than not translates to ‘cheerful or hopeful endurance’ and in Colossians 1:11 it says, “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness“. Oh my hat, it is so hard to be joyful and cheerful when you feel like you should have something right now but instead have to wait.
How can I have this attitude when it is the opposite to how I naturally want to respond? Verse 12 of Colossians 1, gives a clue: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”. I need to thank God because actually, I already have everything I need, I have food and clothing, family and friends but most importantly I have the hope of Jesus and the coming kingdom. Any pay rise or change in job title, if I am granted it, is just a bonus on the side and can wait.
I’m still on my quest to find the bible’s secrets to waiting patiently as I know there is so much more in there. So many men and women in the bible waited years and years for the things they wanted and the things God had promised them. I’m going to make this post part one of two and will finish up part one by stealing an analogy a friend came up with recently.
When we are waiting for a parcel in the mail we often check the tracking updates, check the mailbox as soon as we get home and feel disappointed if what we are waiting for isn’t there. Are we the same in our wait for Christ? Are we constantly checking the signs of the times to see if anything new has happened to suggest his return is imminent? Do we wake up with eager anticipation every morning wondering if today is the day we will meet our Lord?
Let’s try and have this same eagerness as we wait for his coming.