A Perspective on Patience
He came in quickly asking about the latest movie that all his friends had seen. “Can we see it?”, he anxiously asked. His eyes had that look of desperation. You could tell that this was something that had been discussed among everyone. The pleading and begging started. Dad answered, “We’ll see.”
She had just run in from a girl’s night and asked if she could get her belly button pierced. The thought crossed her Mom’s mind that at least that wasn’t a nose ring or something worse and responded, “We’ll see.”
I find myself using that statement often these days! With two kids, I am getting a lot of questions that get answered in the same way! Though they might not believe it that statement does not always mean “No.” Sometimes it does. However, many times it depends on the attitude received and actions seen over the next few hours that determines the final outcome. My wife and I have taken the position on extra-curricular activities that we wait to see if the topic is brought up more than once. Our kids come home with notes nearly every day. Sifting through it all and examining the calendar gets difficult. Each will run in and desire to do whatever the note is presenting. Often we never hear of it again. Our answer tends to be, “We’ll see.” The more it comes up in conversation the more consideration it receives. The final decision is not made because of nagging but what is in the best interest of them and fits within the scope and plan of our raising children in a culture set against Christ.
I am currently facing a particular challenge and am waiting on God. I have done all that I can on my end but the answer has not come. I have prayed. I have cried. I have begged. I have pleaded. There is no resolution yet. It is as if God has said, “We’ll see.”
Has God ever given you that answer?
He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. 18 He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be. 19 He considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, without weakening in the faith. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. Romans 4:17-21 (HCSB)
Every day, every month, every year, Abraham would go to God and ask if it was time for the promise to be fulfilled. God would say, “We’ll see.” God knew when it would be the right time. God had a plan and would not waver from that plan. Abraham had to settle with waiting.
Are you waiting on God? Have you begged for help? Or healing? Or a child? Do you feel God has responded with “We’ll see.”?
Believe in God. It all starts here. Do we believe in the provision and power of Christ? Do we believe that God can do all that He has promised? Belief is not an automatic action. We must choose to believe and often in the face of extreme challenges. Abraham was getting old and Sarah was barren. Your predicament is a calamity. Your grief is deep. Your unemployment is imminent. Will you believe that God’s plan is best? Will you believe that God’s power is certain? Will you believe?
Do not waver. The imagery Scripture gives here is like tall grass. When grass is short it does not blow in the wind. As time passes, the grass gets taller and will begin to blow with the wind. As time passes on the needs of our lives it becomes easier to be like that tall grass. We can blow with the winds of impatience, infidelity, and faulty instruction. In these moments we must stand firm in the Word of God. Stay focused on Scripture more than societal trends. Talk to the Father more than Facebook.
Give glory to God. Worship is a vital part of sticking with the plan and purpose of God. Corporate and private worship is like finding water in a desert. Waiting creates a parched spirituality unless we give thanks and glory regularly.
Attitude makes all the difference. Will everything work out? Yes. Will it happen just like you desire? We’ll see.