Never Pray for Patience
“You should never pray for patience,” a good friend once told me, “because if you do, God will really give you something to be patient for.
This was meant half-jokingly, of course, and has since become an inside joke in our family. However, I have been musing about prayer and patience along with a phrase that has been running through my head: holding pattern. When you look up holding pattern you get both the technical aeronautical definition of essentially circling until you are able to land, and words like doldrums, moratorium, inaction, and suspension.
I have been thinking about this in regards to both my own life and our church. I have been feeling like Mercy Commons Covenant Church is in a holding pattern. We have a great interim pastor and are searching for our next lead pastor. However, I have been feeling fatigue from waiting for the thorough-yet-lengthy pastoral search process to conclude.
Does this feeling of suspension resonate with any of you? Waiting for a promotion, waiting until the kids are out of diapers, until you are done with school, until you are married, until you move, retire, etc. I felt myself spinning until it occurred to me:
Isn’t this just life? Isn’t most of life a pattern until a new pattern takes over? It’s all a matter of perspective. God has gifted us this time on Earth, and treating it as a something to be tolerated is an affront to his blessings.
We need to be present in this time we are blessed with, to use this time for what it has to offer. Maybe it won’t be the most pleasant or rosy time in your life, but if we continue to seek Jesus in all times, then we are guaranteed His love and renewal.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31
I love this verse because while it is talking about waiting, the subjects of the verse are also in action. They are flying, running, walking, moving forward toward God, and not squandering the gift of life.
The revelation that a season in life where I need patience can also be a time of action is a game changer for me, and I hope it is for you too. The same goes for Mercy Commons Covenant Church. We continue to physically and spiritually grow, learn, and work to advance God’s kingdom. So go ahead and pray for patience—it might be the most action filled season for you yet!