LIVE: Reap by the Spirit — Wait

LIVE! … By the Spirit™ with Kathleen E. Walls

Wait

© 2010 Kathleen E. Walls

September 3, 2010

Woman lying in a fieldThe famous quote starts out that “patience is a virtue…” indicating that patience is a quality of righteousness, a quality of excellence.  As one who strives for and encourages others to strive for excellence, I had to look deeper into the concept of patience.

Patience is defined as being tolerant and persevering with an even-temper.  It also consists of enduring calmly and without complaint through pain and/or trying situations.  This concept of patience has garnered numerous quotes such as:

  1. “Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can, seldom found in woman, never found in man”…anonymous
  2. “All good things come to those who wait”…Proverb
  3. “The secret to patience is doing something else in the meantime”…anonymous
  4. “Patience is passion tamed”…Lyman Abbott
  5. “The principle part of faith is patience”…George MacDonald

The thing about patience is…you don’t know how patient you are until you have to practice it.  Many times people say that they are patient yet when they hear that “enduring calmly without complaint” part of the definition it makes them realize that they (as am I) are still working on being patient. When it comes down to it, when you are being patient, you just have to Wait.  The key seems to be how you Wait and what you are doing while you Wait.

The idea of waiting made me think about the biblical story of the 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom in Matthew 25: 1- 13.  The essence of the story is that 5 of the virgins were prepared, they brought oil and were ready for when the bridegroom showed up; whereas, the other 5 virgins were not prepared and missed their opportunity.  The infamous quote at the end of the story is “Therefore keep watch, because you do not day or the hour.”  Thus, it is important to do your part and be ready even if you don’t know when “it” is going to happen.

A gardener plants seeds knowing that they will sprout.  A woman becomes pregnant knowing that she will give birth.  We put in an order at a restaurant knowing that our food will arrive.  We workout knowing we will get in shape and lose weight.  We make requests…we pray…we work toward are dreams and goals knowing that they will manifest.  In all of these scenarios, we still have to Wait.  However, it during the waiting that we rest, nurture, prepare, etc.  We do our part.  We do what we have to do so that when “it is time”…we are ready!

I encourage you to take inventory of what you need to do while you Wait and once you have done all that you can do (I know the song says just Stand)…I say just be patient and Wait to Reap By The Spirit.

God Bless and continue to Live By the Spirit.

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