“Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes again. See how farmers wait for their precious crops to grow. They wait patiently for fall and spring rains. You, too, must be patient. Don’t give up hope. The Lord will soon be here. Brothers and sisters, stop complaining about each other, or you will be condemned. Realize that the judge is standing at the door. Brothers and sisters, follow the example of the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. They were patient when they suffered unjustly. We consider those who endure to be blessed. You have heard about Job’s endurance. You saw that the Lord ended Job’s suffering because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”
I often tell people that I prayed for patience and had four children. Recently, I’ve also said that after praying for patience the horn on my truck quit working. These are said jokingly, but they are true. I’m no not by nature a patient person. However, over the years I’ve gotten better at waiting.
I’ve also gotten better at recognizing answers to my prayers. Sometimes I only see th the change by looking in the rearview mirror of my life. Some prayer answers do come quickly and are easily seen. Some, however, come slowly like fruit on a tree. First comes the bud, then the flower, then the fruit forms and begins to grow in size, and finally slowly ripens.
Lord, gives us persistence in prayer and patience in awaiting the season of its answer. Give us also the wisdom to recognize the answer when it arrives. Amen.
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