I am not sure about you, but for me patience is something I struggle with t r e m e n d o u s l y. Friends and family members are always telling me "Be patient Cherish, have faith!" or something to that extent. Sooo, I got to thinking...what does having a lack of patience really mean? Who does that make me as a person? When you lack patience, you start to get doubts in your mind because of over-thinking things. When you start doubting, your trust shrinks in the person you're being patient for (or at least I think so). In many situations, my impatience leads to doubting and not trusting the one "person" who I need to trust the most, God. What kind of Christian does that make me? Yes, I realize I'm human and I'm going to sin - I can't get away from that no matter how hard I try..but I should NEVER lose trust in God. Typically, when I'm being impatient about something I pray about it almost constantly. Almost to the point where it's obsessive. Usually, it gives me peace of mind knowing God is hearing my prayers and He's working at it -but at HIS speed. Sometimes it takes a little more than prayer - it takes scripture to remind me that God works for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28). I went ahead and looked up a few more to remind me tonight and this are a few of my favorites for the particular thing I'm being impatient about right now.
"Be still before God and wait patiently for Him...." Psalm 37:7a
"I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
These verses give me comfort in knowing that GOD HAS THIS! He knows what He's doing and He hears my every thought even if it's not a prayer to Him. He knows me BETTER than I know myself so why do I lose that trust sometimes when it comes patience. Silly me.