“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.” Annie Dillard
The “sounds” we make when struck reveal much about us. It’s easy for me to proclaim myself a patient person…until something happens that “rings my bell.” We know from the Word that our fleshly nature is overcome by Jesus. And, we are told to “count ourselves dead to sin” and alive to God (see Romans 6). However, because our faith is not yet perfected, we still struggle. I continue to discover that what “rings” from my life during times of testing depends on my personal walk with Jesus through prayer. The closer my prayer walk with Jesus, the more grace and patience I have; the weaker my prayer life with Jesus, the more irritable and impatient I become. Prayer makes a huge difference! God is patient, and He gives patience to those who seek Him. As I consider our “human condition,” I realize that every one of us is waiting for something. Maybe we are waiting on a job to open, or on a health issue to improve, or on a promise from God to happen. The question is not “Will I wait?” but “How will I wait?” The Bible consistently connects prayer and waiting. Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” We are taught here that those who learn to wait for the Lord come away with confidence, courage, and patience. Therefore, waiting on the Lord through prayer is more than something I can take or leave; it is something I desperately need!
Pastor Mark Boucher