On Patience in the Silence

The start of the school season for many brings a sense of new beginning and opportunity. But not always. Maybe you feel as though you’ve reached a stagnant place in the river. Where once you were moving with velocity, you’re now stuck in the same place with no change in sight! Within this place is a challenge as difficult as they come: Patiently waiting for God’s timing. In the waning stages of education or other vocations, the home stretch can feel like it never ends. It can be harder when you don’t know what comes after! And sometimes having a clear idea of what will happen and having it not yet begin to happen is just as difficult.

When things aren’t moving as you expected them, don’t lose heart! God may be asking you to wait on him to do something that only he can do. He may be wanting to tell you something in the silence that you’d otherwise be too busy to hear. There is a call on all Believers to have patience— defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

James 5:7Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.

To those in a time of waiting, wait with patience! Plants do the most of their growing underground first before showing any signs of bearing fruit! The early stages are vital to the health and abundance of the crop.

Look to God and continue in the things you know you need to do, regardless of how much or little is happening around you.

Matthew 16:24-26Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

We have a call from God, all of us who are his children, to die to ourselves and follow Christ. Even if nothing seems to be falling into place and you don’t know where you’re going next, you can be certain that a lifestyle of worship and prayer are a constant. This means looking in every opportunity to bring glory to God. That’s our purpose! That’s the only thing that you can do with your life that will never cease to have merit.

If you are in a place of waiting for change, don’t let your guard down, don’t stop praying, don’t stop trusting. God will work things into place in his timing, but in the mean time you still have purpose and calling! Look for opportunity to share Christ with all you meet. Take the time of stillness to pray intently and listen for what God is leading you to. The uneventful moments are opportunity for impatience and meditation alike. I urge you to use the time you are given to pray and grow stronger! You won’t regret it.

Have a great week!

Andy