Heavenly Father has a purpose in making His children wait.
Every one of us is currently waiting for something in our life. And most times, we wait for things which at the time may appear so right and so good for us that we can’t possibly imagine why Heavenly Father would delay an answer.
God’s promises are not always fulfilled as quickly as or in the way we might hope; they come according to His timing and in His ways.
With patience we must trust in the Lord’s promises and in His timing. One of my favorite quotes about patience comes from Jeffrey R. Holland. In it he says “ Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until Heaven, but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.” Faith in God includes faith in His timing. In this life we must act toward others with the patience and compassion we seek for ourselves, keep the commandments, trust in our Heavenly Father, and never give up.
Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting the heavenly virtue of patience.
Waiting can be hard, especially when we live in a world that does not like to wait. Today in our hurried and hectic lives, we are surrounded by shortcuts. Instant text messaging instead of phone calls. Using a search engine instead of going to a library or using a dictionary. Ordering an on-demand movie rather than going to the store to buy one. Driving through a fast food restaurant in place of sitting down at a table for a meal. Some people even become short-tempered when their line at the grocery store moves slower than those around them. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem useless. Although, without patience, we cannot become perfect.
Patience is far more than waiting for something to happen. Patience requires active work towards righteous goals and not getting discouraged when results do not appear instantly or without effort. If we were always showered with immediate gratification, we would never mature to reach our full potential. We must learn to wait. Patience deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace. Patience is a precious and rare trait.
As the Lord is patient with us, let us be patient with those around us. With patience, we can put our own desires on hold and understand that they, like us, are imperfect. They, like us, make mistakes. They, like us, deserve the benefit of the doubt from others.
This past week I have taken the challenge to be more patient with those around me. I found it a very humbling experience and a great opportunity. At the end of the week, one of my friends, without knowing my intentions and efforts to be more patient, complemented me for doing just that. I am now living my life more patiently because of the challenge I accepted to improve myself. I challenge you to do the same. During your week when you are tempted to lose patience with someone, try to remember how patient God has been with you. I have learned that by being patient and by delaying immediate gratification one can receive significant future blessings. Throughout the week do your best to hold back rude things, be kind to those around you, and resist evil, even when it appears to be making others rich. Never give up on anyone, and that includes not giving up on yourself.