“And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” (Romans 5: 4, Living Bible)
Learning patience can take patience! But to consciously choose to discover and utilize this virtue is a blessing. We can pause in the midst of our anxiety and our need to rush forward and make it an occasion to practice trust.
And this opportunity to rely on God and His presence, in the present moment, strengthens and comforts us. It provides us with the peace that is needed to treasure each hour, learn from it, gain insights and inspiration. Hope brightens our day, and we can see things we might not have in our eagerness to push ahead.
We can recognize that patience is not so much waiting for something to happen. It is being still within a space that is already full of God, good, and being open to experiencing His qualities of goodness and Life and Love, then and there. Patience is not simply endurance. It is conscious awareness of what this moment has to offer, and this naturally makes us stronger, steadier, and more ready for the unfolding goodness to come.
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