December is a difficult month for those of us who are not good wait people. We sit on the precipice of action and are irresistibly drawn toward the edge of doing something. We can’t wait to open packages. We shake and rattle, and at times, I am ashamed to say, even weigh gift boxes to guess their contents. We finish others’ sentences so that we can get started on our own. We have been known to dig up plants to see if they are about to grow.
Patience is that steady, deep faith that whatever is in the future is God’s gift for our needs. Some learn that earlier than others. While we wait for the answers to our prayers, while we wait for guidance through difficult times, while we wait for tomorrow to come, may we all know deep in our hearts: “The Lord is all I need. It is good to wait patiently.”
This message is adapted from “Give Us This Day” written by Marj Leegard in the December 2005 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.