Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiting


We're all waiting for something. Right? Some are waiting for graduation to arrive, the right job to come along, to have a baby, see family, etc. We're all waiting for something.  And can I tell you something? 

I HATE WAITING!

I've heard time and time again that "patience is a virtue." Well I stink at having patience. I want what I want and I want it RIGHT NOW! The hardest part for me is that I want a good thing! In fact, I felt inspiration from God that this was the right thing. So why do I have to wait for it?! 

+Having children is a really good thing. So why does it take some couples years to conceive a child and why are some couples not able to conceive at all?

+Having a career and supporting a family is a really good thing. So why are so many people "jobless" and why is it so hard to find a job? 

+Spending time with family is a really good thing! So why does time seem to pass by the slowest when you are counting down the days until you can see your family?

This has been pressing on my mind quite heavily. We live in a world offering fast food, instant messaging, WiFi internet, smart phones, on demand movies and immediate answers to almost any question we may have. We want immediate results and instant gratification.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke on this very subject. He said, 

"Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace."

He continues,
"Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness."

Although this is true, it doesn't make the wait any easier! Does it? 

One thing I do know is that no matter our circumstance, Jesus Christ has felt our pain and afflictions! He absolutely knows exactly how we are feeling. No matter how long or difficult the wait may be, we are not alone! Our Savior understands. We can turn to him and he will "give us rest." (Matt 11:28)

"Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most."

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