Reason to SMILE #37: THE REWARDS OF PATIENCE (You’re going to like this one – just wait. Wink. Wink.)
Many nights before the lights are turned out, my husband and I sit in our bed in the quiet. I read blog posts, check out Pinterest or peruse Facebook while my husband listens to music or shops. (I should never have introduced him to Amazon!) Last night was no different. After a little while, my husband piped up, “I’m hungry.” I acknowledged him with a small “Hmm.” I knew if I engaged him on the matter, the next words out of his mouth would be a request for me to get out of our nice, comfortable bed to go get him a snack. That was not going to happen.
My husband didn’t say anything for quite a while longer until finally, he said,”I want something to snack on. What do we have?” What a sneaky man. He asked me a question requiring a specific answer meaning I couldn’t just grunt back at him. I knew where this was headed but I would not let him win this game of “who outwaits whom”. I proceeded to list the possible snacks waiting for him in the kitchen and wouldn’t you know it, my premonition was correct. In the sweetest tone my husband could muster, he asked, “Won’t you go get me something?”
“Nope,” I replied while trying to hide a grin.
My husband, knowing he wouldn’t be able to convince me otherwise, got out of bed and muttered all the way to the bedroom door. Just as he reached to open it, I said, “Since you’re going to the kitchen anyway, can you bring me back a snack?” I SMILED sweetly as he looked back at me. He shook his head and snickered a little as he walked out of the room.
A few minutes later, he returned with a snack for us both. Sitting down beside me and doing his best to look as if his feelings were hurt, he said, “I can’t believe you would do me like that – wait til I get up and then ask me to get you a snack.” (He really did know it was all in jest but was trying to make me feel bad anyway. It’s all part of the fun of being married! 😉 ) Without any remorse, I raised my arms in celebration and said, “I won! ….Thank you for the snack, though!”
Patience – there are times we have plenty of it. Our reserves, however, are usually saved for the trivial matters like waiting on a movie premier or outwaiting your husband so you don’t have to get out of bed. When it comes to the big stuff like saving to purchase big-ticket items or, even more, waiting on God to answer a prayer, our patience usually wears a bit thin.
We like to take matters into our own hands when it comes to the big stuff. Sure, we pray about our problems. We lay our impossible situations before the One with whom all things are possible but we can’t seem to wait on His timing. We like to step in and help God with the answers. The thing is He doesn’t need our help. He’s got it covered. All we have to do is trust Him and wait.
Patience may not be your greatest virtue and waiting on God can be difficult. I know. I’ve tried to hurry God along with my “help” many times but I’ve learned that my Heavenly Father always knows best. And when I wait on God, the rewards of my patience bring more SMILES than I could ever imagine.
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Psalm 62:1 (ESV)
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.