There are many scriptures about patience and waiting throughout the Bible. As someone who personally struggles with patience, not all of those scriptures have been as easy for me to internalize and draw hope from. But there is a scripture and story that resonates greatly with me.
If you are not familiar with the story of Jacob and Rachel, here is a quick synopsis of one of the epic love stories in the Bible. In the Old Testament Jacob was sent on a journey by his father, Isaac, to find a wife. One day at the well, Jacob meets Rachel (a daughter from a relative’s family) and immediately falls in love. It’s the first “love at first sight” story ever told! How can you not be intrigued! In order to marry her, Jacob commits to working for her father Laban for seven years. The love he had for Rachel made it every bit worth the struggle of waiting. So, Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
What I love about this scripture is that it provides direction specifically on how we are to be patient. Jacob was patient because there was something (or rather someone) that he loved greater than the tasks and timing that it took to obtain what he wanted. There is a huge lesson in this scripture! Patience is easy if you can identity the love within it; if you can keep your eye on the end game.
What are you impatient about? Do you need patience with a friend, family member or colleague? At that moment when you have reached the end of your patience the simple reminder to self that you love them, the reminder that love is the greatest commandment, can ease the frustration. Are you impatient with a situation? The same applies. Your reminder to self of the love and plans that God has for you to prosper can ease the frustration.
I imagine that over the 7 years that Jacob waited for Rachel, he had periods of frustration, but the scripture reads that if felt like days. That is because the combatant to patience is love! Love for the person, love for the process, love for the “wait” that is getting you from point A to B. What is important is keeping your eye on the prize I find that in praying for patience I feel peace when I remember what it is that I love about the end game (whether that is a state of being, a promise, a purpose, a person) or anything else. It’s the hope and love that we have for that end game that gives us the patience. So when we pray for patience, we pray for a reminder of the love that allows the waiting to seem like mere days.
So Temple Warriors - Do you need some patience? Remember the end game – it will make the time fly by!
Hope you enjoyed this “Temple Tidbit”. I’d love to hear your stories of how you have been successful in waiting on God’s promises. Feel free to comment below and leave your own tidbit!
C.D. Temple is a preacher's kid and as such describes much of her Bible learning as "by default" of her environment, her upbringing and her everlasting love of God. She is God's child, wife, mother, writer, and worship leader at her church. Her debut novel, Addicted to G.I.V.I.N.G the first in a 3 part series called Addicted to God will be released October 9, 2017.