Holy cow!  It’s been since April 10 that I made a blog post?  I’m slacking!  Or distracted.

Let’s see, let’s patience.  It’s a fruit of the Spirit.  And yet it’s so very hard to exercise.  I’m in a particular place where I am waiting on God.  And that requires and tests patience.  And that waiting is actually active.  It’s not like we don’t do stuff.  It’s more about keeping focus on God in all things…pausing like breathing.  Moving as He moves.  Like the cloud by day.  Like the fire by night.  Ever dependent on Him.  That’s the ideal.

But it’s so very easy to be distracted.  To slip off into any number of traps like lethargy, self preservation, fear, confusion….the list goes on and on.  And these traps run in packs.  God Himself is the source of our patience.  He empowers and enables us to carry on without knowing the future.  That’s faith in action.  Or perhaps it would be better to say, faith requires action.  The scriptures say “Faith is being sure of what you hope for with the evidence that’s not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  I dig that passage.  Because it ties hope with faith and that it’s all predicated upon “unseen”.  Faith requires hoping in that which is not yet arrived.  Not yet realized.  It’s not hear yet.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh…there’s where Godly patience comes in.  We rest our hope in God alone.  Knowing that whatever comes that it will be good.  Because it is God who leads us.  He goes with us.  He doesn’t leave us or forsake us.  He is always there, holding our hand, whispering words of love to us.  We who are his sheep, hear his voice and follow him.  We trust in him b/c he is the good shepherd.