The Bigger Picture

Patience is what God has been teaching me recently but if you’re anything like me, patience isn’t exactly your best quality. I will pray and pray and pray for a situation, asking God to give me an answer or a solution. But, since He’s God and has His own holy schedule, He’s fine with not answering me immediately. It drives me crazy sometimes because I have a hard time waiting for things to happen.

I’m impatient – hence the whole point of this post. I could barely contain myself last summer because I couldn’t wait to come to AU. I thought the weeks dragged on and on, and I was counting down the days until I could move in. Then I got here and fall semester felt like a flash. What I didn’t realize was God was pointing His finger at me and saying, “No, Autumn. Have patience. It will happen when it is meant to.”

A lot of the time I feel like a stubborn 10-year-old, crossing my arms at Him and saying, “Why? Why can’t it happen now?” He has been teaching me patience for many years now, and today I was doing my devotional and this verse was the center of it:

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9, NLT).

It was like everything God was trying to teach me about patience was blown out of the water. I was so wrapped up in God trying to teach me patience, I couldn’t even see that God was being patient with me while I was trying to learn. I then started to think how many times the Lord would have banged His head against a wall if He was human because of my constant impatience.

Even though I know I am difficult sometimes, the Lord waited and waited for me. The Lord is truly patient, fulfilling every sense of the word. Perhaps what stood out to me the most in that 2 Peter passage was, “a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” That gives me chills. God knows all the past, present, and future. Who would have the patience to sit around and wait thousands of years, each day feeling as though it never ends, and at the same time the years going by in a flash, even though you know the ending? How could God have that much patience in Him? The answer is one simple word: LOVE.

God loves every human being that lived, lives, or will live on this earth. Sadly, so many people don’t love God or try to get close to Him during their lifetime. God wants the opportunity for each and every person to repent their sins and accept Him into their heart. He has unfathomable patience. If my heavenly Father has that much patience for every single person, then I think I can wait on my unanswered prayer, reigning in my restless heart.

The bigger picture is more important. My problems and worries may seem insurmountable right now, but God has everything under control. Something that seems so significant now, probably won’t be an issue 10 years from now. Remember the bigger picture y’all. If you sit and think about it, it will make your head spin, but it puts things in perspective.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for pouring into me words about patience that I could never have written about without You. Thank You for teaching me what it means to be patient, and showing me the bigger picture. I want to pray for each and every person that is reading this, that their hearts are full of love for You and they continue to seek You. 

Amen

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