Thursday 25th June – Robyn Jones
Patience: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12
Whether it’s during small talk with a neighbour, or whilst catching up with a friend, or just overheard in the queue in Sainsbury’s, I’ve noticed there’s a common phrase which I’ve become quite familiar with recently.
“I’m just fed up of it all now, I can’t wait for it to all go back to normal!” This phrase is probably one you’re all too familiar with as well, and maybe one you’ve said yourself. (I know I have!)
Last year at the Embrace youth group, we looked at the Fruits of the Spirit. I remember admitting that I struggled when it came to patience – if only I knew what was to come!
For me, this pandemic has been an exercise in patience. Back in March we entered this lockdown for a minimum of 3 weeks, however here we are 3 months later with lockdown restrictions only recently beginning to lift.
Along with the many other trials and hardships during this pandemic, I’m sure that many of us struggled with the uncertainty of lockdown. I hope for those of us, the easing of restrictions and being able to see loved ones again, brings some sort of hope.
At this point it feels like we’re in the last leg of the race. The finish line seems so tantalisingly close, but we’re just not quite there yet.
Patience is a fruit of our spiritual walk with God. It’s not necessarily a gift, but more of a discipline, that we need to tend and let it grow. We can’t let our hopes diminish our patience. As in Isaiah 40 we must turn to God for our hope and he will renew our perseverance.
I think at this point it’s important to remember that we’re not out of the woods yet, and we don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know when everything will go back to normal just yet, but we now have an idea of what this new normality might look like, and we can be hopeful and patient that we might all see each other soon.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31