When you wait, you need to have patience to endure the waiting. On the other hand, when you have patience that will only mean that you know how to wait for the perfect time for everything. Patience and waiting are virtues that develop a person’s positive outlook in life. it teaches us how to fully appreciate what God has given knowing that we endured while we patiently wait our desires to be granted.
This quote may also sound so classic but I guess its message is timeless “when God closes the door, he opens the window”. There will be something for us even if at times when it feels empty and deprived… patience and waiting will get us going for the doors and windows of heaven to be wide open.
Now here is the scenario: Late Monday afternoon, I was waiting for a transportation bound for my hometown in a gasoline station where southbound vehicles usually pass by. I have been there for almost an hour but the coasters and jeepneys that come are loaded enough that I cannot anymore be accommodated. There were already seven trips that I missed and I started to worry. When I was already giving up that I already wanted to go back to the city terminal, I had my long wait over. A van (also a means of transportation nowadays) arrived and luckily it still has a lot of vacant seats where I got the chance to ride comfortably. I had a nice and comfy trip home. I didn’t have to bear a standing position in a coaster, as well as to sit on a small wooden bench just to have a ride home.
It was actually a very simple situation that everybody gets to experience in a day-to-day basis, but honestly it had an impact on me. It may seem to be an ordinary circumstance but at one point, the Lord has His own way of using common situations to make us realize His existence. Ordinary experiences each day at times carry a message or a lesson perhaps. And, it reminded me that patience and waiting always go hand in hand. The scenario applies in all aspects of life, especially at a certain point where we are trapped in an upsetting dilemma.
In relationships, I guess my little theory is valid. When you worry enough of not finding “the one” for you, the value of waiting helps. Finding the right person for you do not happen overnight, that is why I am not the believer of the love at first sight. Patiently wait for God’s perfect will for your life, including the right person He will give you. In a relationship, patiently know the person and wait for the right time to commit. You may have several failed relationships in the past you can still wait and be patient for the right relationship for you. The bus and the jeepneys may represent the people that come and go in your life, but when you give patience and waiting a space in yourself… in the end, everything will fall into place because you patiently wait. The right vehicle will intentionally stop in front of you, to tell you that they would love to have you in the journey.
Let us also try to relate it with finding a career in life. Success, again is not as easy as 1..2..3 just like finding the ideal career just right for you. Working hard to achieve what you want in life is the key. In the concept of hard work, still patience and waiting are major ingredients. Patience because of the uneasy trail to reach success, and waiting for the right break for your hard work. To start a career is just like waiting for the right bus to come. The first bus may have ignored you because it is overloaded and the jeepney might not stop because you do not fit in there, but believing that there are still a lot of transportation to come that will accommodate you is always the right attitude. Again, patience is truly needed to be able to wait for the right ride. You may be rejected in an application, or evicted because you don’t fit in anymore- believe, God designed something for you where you can make use of your full potentials. Patiently try again in times of frustration or stand after a fall, and then wait for other chances to come intended for you.
Spiritually, we pray when we ask God for something. I will still lay emphasis on the importance of patience and waiting on this aspect. God always answers our prayers, and He never fails to provide. What He wants us to value are again patience on learning how to wait. On God’s perfect time, He gives.
The two virtues always come entangled. It will help us to always open up our minds to positivity. Whatever is for us, it will come. It may not be that immediate, but surely it will happen.
reposted from my former blog: http://www.mjoverly.multiply.com
scanning through my old files i came across with this article again which i wrote sometime in 2008 for a column i maintain in a local newspaper. this may be an old one but reading it enable me to relate with the message once again. so, i decided to post it again. i hope you get something from it as much as i did. =)