How I’ve Become a Patient of Patience and What I’ve Learned About God’s Will
My dad has always told me that one of the most precious things we have–or can give–is our time. This is because we only have a certain amount of it. “How much?” was often the question in my heart. I soon discovered the only one who had the answer: the Creator of all things, my Heavenly Father.
We have just enough time to do God’s will.
So three years ago, I began the journey that started with a series of questions–the first being, of course, “What is God’s will?” The others followed along the lines of: “What am I going to do with the time I’ve been given to further God’s Kingdom?” “How am I going to grow a personal relationship with Jesus?” and “What will bring purpose to my life?”
As I took steps in reading scripture, praying, getting involved in the church, developing my God-given talents and leading others to Christ, I felt like I was taking the right steps toward a life that follows the will of God. My spirit was alive in the things I was passionate about, my heart excited about encouraging others, and every part of me was excited to see what God would do next to awaken me spiritually.
However, as He promised in John 16:33, the road paved before me had its obstacles, but mostly, it had its lessons. The road He chose for me to walk was specifically designed with me in mind. So, as I know now, its end was bringing me back to God.
Recently, I confused my own will with God’s. Have you made this mistake? In relationships, in work, in my daily activities, I wanted to follow my own heart, desires, and what I thought I would enjoy. Make no mistake, I also felt like these were the very things that God had planned for my life and was leading me to do. Where did I go wrong?
I wasn’t quite listening…and perhaps I’d run out of patience. I thought I was connected and aligned with God’s will, but because I was distracted with myself and not completely focused on God, I didn’t hear His voice. I recognize now I still needed to build my relationship with Him–first, and above everything else.
I don’t say most of this proudly. Be sure though, that as Christians, we are “flawed but beautiful to God” (Pastor Tim Burt). God’s first step in bringing me back to Him was speaking to me through someone else,
“Your next step is to walk with God. Return to prayer, and let him guide your actions; I promise He hasn’t left you. Remember when asking God what to do that answers come through faith, and listening with faith is called patience.”
What I needed confirmation of was right there in the last sentence; the two words that I’d forgotten about and had left out of my relationship with God: LISTENING and PATIENCE. I knew these were part of God’s will, and that’s why I missing out on it!
His next word was through another person, “He needs to wake you up. Turn off all the distractions and listen!”
And his final word? It came in the form of a reminder in my own words,
I feel secure knowing whatever happens, He is in control.
If He is in control, then it is His will, not mine. Always. No matter what.
My hope is that my experience will open your eyes, heart and mind. That your thoughts, actions, daily activities and spiritual life will be fully aligned with God’s will. If it is, I believe He will restore everything in your life that’s broken. Then your dreams, relationships, actions and everything you do will further the kingdom of God.
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me (John 6:38).
Written by PI Girl Ruth
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