This summer my women's Bible study did a book on patience. After all, who doesn't need more patience, especially when it comes to small children? I was certainly hoping to learn techniques on how to be more patient with my two children, but I came away with a different lesson. When you look at the verses about patience in the New Testament, they don't usually reference your offspring. We studied several passages where Paul and James remind the early church to wait patiently for Christ's return. The early church still had people there who had heard Jesus speak, walked with Him, watched Him die, and saw Him return to heaven. It must have been hard to listen to their stories and wish for the same experiences. And as far as they knew, Jesus would be returning soon, hence the apostles' reminders to wait patiently.
So what does it mean to wait patiently? Paul and James were reminding the early church that they couldn't just
always look to the clouds and ignore their everyday life. Unfortunately, the waiting part isn't really optional. I couldn't make David's deployment go faster when he was in Iraq, I couldn't speed up my pregnancies, and I can't make the adoption happen sooner. It's the patiently part where we have a choice. Do we get anxious, or do we trust in God? Do we obsess about the future, or do we focus on what's happening now? As part of the Bible study, we talked several times about how to live each day as part of the wait, rather than focusing on the waiting itself. All I have to do is look at Luke to be reminded of how quickly the time will pass. :)
But this study has also reminded me that all these little things we wait for (like the adoption) are just part of the journey. Our true wait is for that moment when the glory is revealed in us, when our bondage to decay is released, and we are finally home. I am excited for the future and all that God has planned. I try to live each day as God gives them to me, focusing on accomplishing the things he has for me right now. But woven in among all that is this: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.