When you live in a world of instant gratification– instant news, instant information, instant banking, instant foods of all descriptions, it can start to feel like everything should be easy. After all, if we’re hooked up to the best Internet server and the right tools, we have access to almost anything and anyone at any time.
Under any circumstance then, it’s hard for most of us to be patient. We simply don’t want to wait for things. The problem is that the process of healing from a stroke or some other major health crisis is not instant. It takes a long time. You have no control over the when or the how of it. You can’t push a button and make it all better or make it go away in an instant. That makes it even harder to be a patient, patient.
Patience is one of those things that will always keep me in awe of God. When I think of the patience He has with human beings, it’s amazing. He looks at our crippled, unhealthy ways of living our lives and He has to shake His head. He has to be thinking about the day when we will finally be healed and finally understand His glory and His will for our lives. He has to be patient because we are a society of ailing beings.
Now, I won’t tell you that I am always patient. I won’t even say that in the process of recovering from my strokes that I was patient. But as a guy who is working every day to surrender my life and my heart and my attitude to God, I will say that I am striving to be more patient. As you recover to perfect health in Him, may you be patient too.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12, NIV