“Lord, give me patience, now!” is a funny way of illustrating how you might feel some days, especially in times of adversity. We want the hardship to end, the pain to subside and the sune to shine down on us again. We know we need to be patient, but oftentimes, we just can’t seem to capitalize on this virtue. It’s hard to find patience when we live in a society that constantly offers us instant-gratification.
But think of Mary, your mother who loves you and her example of patience. Her life was spent in waiting. She waited with joyful anticipation for her Son and Savior to be born… she waited with quiet patience for 30 years while Jesus prepared to begin His mission (which they both knew would be the beginning of the end)… she waited with grace and dignity hour upon agonizing hour as He was tortured and hung on the cross to die. And after He was gone, she waiting with undying faith and hope for Him to return to her and take her with Him to heaven. Pray to Mary and ask her to help you be patient with your situation while you wait.
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings–what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
- 2 Timothy 3: 10-11