Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Patience: a driving force.

This is part of the "One word at time" blog carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley.

First I’ll give you theirs’ then I’ll give you mine.

Encarta Dictionary definition of Patience: tolerance, lack of complaint, persistence, fortitude, serenity, staying power, endurance. Capacity for waiting: the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.

The definition calls patience a noun. How does that go? a noun is a person, place or thing, right? So, I guess it’s a thing.

I must have skipped that day in school because in my mind patience is a verb; a word used to show that an action is taking place or to indicate the existence of a state or condition. (BTW a verb is a noun. How weird is that?)

Anyway, Doug’s definition of Patience: Using Wisdom making the most of every opportunity toward an anticipated end;  Patience is active preparation. Waiting is inactive perspiration.

Times of waiting are times offered by God to prepare and preprayer.

In a parable paralleling our job description for this earth, Jesus used the words, “Occupy till I come.” In explanation of end time events He said. “With patience possess your soul.” We weren’t created to just hang out and wait. Too often it seems we think of patience as waiting. We are not cut out to wait. Just wait that is.

We are created in the image of The Creator. He is not idle and He doesn’t expect us to be. We aren’t wired to be sitting in neutral doing nothing. That's why we chant, "come on, come on, come on" to slow computers, red lights and elevator doors. That’s why kids (and adults) often say “I’m bored.” It’s not that they have nothing to do. It’s that they haven’t mastered patience. And also why one with wisdom of patience can sit on the front porch in a rocking chair doing “nothing” and have a productive day.

I think a great example of patience is a pregnancy. A great word for pregnancy is expecting. We recently found out our daughter is expecting. Again. (They weren’t expecting that – but that’s another story)

Does it mean she just waits and then in nine months a baby pops out? No way. A lot is going on inside and out. She is busy making room and creating life inside her body and inside her house. And that is what proper patience is like. Proper Patience is preparation to receive.

At the beginning God used words like “Have dominion; subdue; be fruitful, multiply.” Waiting doesn’t seem to fit into that job description. Patience doesn’t mean doing nothing.

Patience is the womb where dream seeds; faith and hope are fertilized, nurtured, fed and grown. Then, Patience gives strength to push through labor pains and out the birth canal to delivery. And the Promise, the Provision, the Answer is born.

For me personally, prayer is the key. One occupied with prayer is never bored. Prayer fills the voids where impatience used to live.

Hebrews 12:1-3

“ 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”


Denise said...

Amen, amen.

S. Etole said...

excellent thoughts ...

Glynn said...

"Patience" doesn't mean doing nothing -- and the story is in the "doing something" while you're being patient. Good post, Doug.

Anonymous said...

Really good thoughts, Doug. I like the pregnancy comparison... there is a lot of preparation happening while we 'wait'.

Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

i never really thought of it so much in that way.
but, it makes sense.

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

So much here to think about.
* Patience is a verb.
* "Expectant" waiting, like a pregnancy.
* Waiting as a state of ACTION...

You have such a way of taking us to the deeper places. Thank you, Doug.

(And that verse!! It's been a sort of theme verse for me these last two weeks, so that was cool for me to see tonight.)

Anne Lang Bundy said...

"Prayer fills the voids where impatience used to live."

Something worth remembering. Like "No more powerful force on earth than a fervent prayer in the hands of love." Or something like that. :D

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

nice delivery! iron really does sharpen iron. even if one is really rusty...