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  • Writer's pictureR.C. VanLandingham

Lack of Patience

This is Day 7 of my 40 day Lenten blog.

I lack patience. I'm not talking about patience with my children or patience waiting to be seated at a restaurant (though I could do with a little more patience in those situations, too). The kind of patience I'm talking about is the patience of waiting on God.

God moves on His own timetable, because God has all the time in the world. After all, He created time and exists apart from time. So, He doesn't feel the tick tick tick of the clock. I do. I start to try to hurry God along, just like I try to hurry my children along to get ready for school or church.

But the bigger problem with my lack of patience is that it starts to feed into my lack of faith. I begin to think that maybe God isn't going to do anything about this or that thing. Or I begin to think that He did, but I just missed it because I didn't pay attention or was not being holy enough.

So, I constantly have to remind myself that God didn't introduce Moses to his people the Israelites until he was 40. And He didn't give Moses the mission to lead the Israelites to freedom until Moses was 80. Moses waited for 40 years.

Alas, I fear God is going to make me wait a long time, too. Because I need to learn patience.

Today's prayer: Lord help me to have patience to wait on You and remember that Your timetable is always perfect!

R.C. VanLandingham lives in Florida with his wife and kids. He is the author of several books including the Christian fantasy books Peter Puckett & The Amulet of Eternity, Peter Puckett & the Enchanted Chalice, and Magdalene Hope & the Elves of Evermore.

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