You know that frustration of trying to figure something out and the solution is just not coming to you? It’s like you’re THIS close to the answer. You’re almost there but it’s just out of reach. You know what I’m talking about? If you’re in that place of frustration – if you’re looking for an answer – let me share with you how I JUST got through this…again.
(I wanted to title this… THIS IS SO STINKING AWESOME! But I thought that would be weird. Not that my writing is so awesome – but when God comes through… well… that’s just awesome. Anyway…)
I’ve been writing this blog for about two years now. One year into it, God made it very clear to me that it was time to write a book. Here’s the thing… I was a speaker not a writer. I’m a preacher. A pastor. The one you book for your women’s event. I’m the one you call to fill the pulpit while the pastor is away. Then God started jumbling all these other things up in my head. Write a blog. Write a book. Preach the gospel. Speak at women’s events.
“God! I’m a one-at-a-time girl! I like to focus on one thing! What are you doing to me?! How do I do this? Do I write? Do I speak? You called me to preach. You want me to write. Who’s even gonna read it?! I’m so confused! I don’t know how to do it and make it work together. What is the message you want me to speak? Who is my audience? How does the message go from my computer screen to the people? I don’t understand! Help me…”
That conversation happened more than once.
Although it looks like a monologue, it really was a dialogue. God really did speak back to me. You know what He said to me every time I started that conversation?
He said, “Be patient and persevere.”
Those two words have become two of the strongest words in my vocabulary. Patience and perseverance. Those two words instill more hope – more confidence – than just about any other words that could be spoken to me. The reason is because of what lies beneath the surface when I hear those words.
You see, patience is not something I conjure up myself. Patience is not a quality I come by naturally because patience is not something we’re born with. Patience is a product that is only produced by the Holy Spirit.
Only a life that is surrendered to God truly has the right environment in which to grow patience. Patience willed up by my own mind will run out. I’ll get weary in my own striving. But patience given by the Holy Spirit will never ever run out. Ever. (as long as we stay close to the Giver.)
If you have patience, you have to do something with it. What is the benefit of having patience if you don’t use it? What does patience give you the power to do? Persevere!
Let’s break down that word – perseverance.
Perseverance. per – severe – ance.
What do those words alone mean?
Per – through.
Severe – intense.
Ance – a process.
Is that not AWESOME?!!! OH YEAH! That’s EXACTLY what perseverance is. Perseverance definitely means you’re going “through an intense process”! And what do you need more than anything while going “through an intense process??? Patience, my friend, patience!
The only way to get through an intense process of solving a problem and still have your sanity is with patience. Thank You, Holy Sprit, for producing patience in us when we need it.
Hand and glove. Patience and perseverance go together like a hand and glove.
And here’s what I know, Friend. God does not give you the patience to persevere if there’s not something awesome on the other side of it. I know it feels like God’s just leaving you hanging… but He’s not. He’s throwing some fertilizer on your patience and when it’s mature… He’s going to bust out the answer!
All your questions. All your frustrations. All your wondering if you’re on the right track and if things are going to work… They’re all a part of the intense process that God takes us through to the answer.
There is an answer. He does have a solution. And if you’ll hang in there… If you’ll use your patience and persevere… God will produce the answer. He will. I know it. He’s done it for me time and time again. And I know He’ll do it for you, too. Be patient, my Friend. The answer’s coming.
feature photo by: Stephen