Hello, how are you doing in your where and when as you visit me here? I hope you are well. We got some much needed rain this morning. The sound of it made me not want to get out of bed!
Last night my friend stopped by after work and she and I were talking about my blog post. She had a specific passage from the bible about God having good plans:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
When I read this I thought of the word patience and found this passage in Galatians about fruit of spirit:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Sometimes it takes a lot of patience when it comes to waiting for God to answer a prayer. I ask “Am I doing what you want me to be doing?” a lot! Lately my prayer has been “God I want to be what you want me to be.” For now my service has been being an additional source of prayer for some very sick people. Doing this is what I am capable of doing right now and I have to have faith that more will come when the time is right.
I love this passage because patience is woven all into it:
The Beatitudes Matthew 5
2 and he began to teach them. He said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“patience” in the English Ordinal system equals 73 (all vices in check for yes, no, may be existence)