Patience to Wait…

Ruth 3:18   “Then she [Naomi] said, ‘Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.'”


Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting = requires patience. This is by far one of the hardest things to do, not only as a human but specifically as a young woman. Things would happen so much faster if GOD worked on my timetable. But they would never be the best possible for me. It’s like the first-time gardener who digs up her seeds, starts, and saplings to check how far their roots have progressed. It kills the success of all her other efforts! GOD includes rests and pauses so often in our lives because we need them – to slow down, to collect ourselves, to be still, to listen, to be refreshed, to prepare us, and to allow GOD to work things out. By now Ruth has had to wait three times. The first time whe prepared to go out and ask Boaz. The second time she obeyed Boaz and waited for those first rays of the new day before returning home. This third time she has to wait so Jehovah can Jireh!

GOD honors us when we wait on Him. If we’re willing to just spend the time with Him, He’ll produce the spiritual fruit of patience in our hearts. Just remember that if patience only grows when we are waiting, then it’s going to take many hours, days, months, and even years to produce this beautiful fruit. Am I willing to surrender to GOD’s timing, or will I resist it and thereby delay the ripening of patience?

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