The Fruit of The Spirit: Patience

It’s been a couple of months since I posted on my blog. Actually, it’s been exactly 5 months.
In that time a lot has happened in my life. Things I could never even have dreamed of. Evidence that God is in control and proof that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are His thoughts above ours.
I know I had a streak going there for a while… The fruit of the spirit… Then I just suddenly stopped.
I could say it was because I knew my next post would be about patience and I wanted to see how patient my readers were with me.
I could also say that I ran out of inspiration and have been doing some soul searching.
I could also say I was testing my own patience…
But none of that is true. To be honest, I think I just got lazy for a while there. I could blame it on work, and life happening but I had time to write, I just didn’t… But that’s ok. I’m writing now.
I want to thank you for your patience. I’ve noticed that even after 5 months of total silence, I still have views on my page. Which is quite something considering I haven’t been reading the blogs I follow even if they’ve been posting constantly…

Anyway, enough about my absence and in to the topic of the day, patience.
Patience is another element of the fruit of the spirit. And like all the other elements you can’t really separate it from the “pack”.
Love, joy, peace… Patience cannot exist without them.
Patience is also considered a virtue. I’ve heard a many people “brag” about how patience is the one virtue they don’t possess ( kinda sad) .
In my personal life , I’ve had to learn and use patience a lot. I won’t bore you with all the gory details… Ok, maybe one example. So, my brother once gave me his old laptop (which was recently stolen 😦 ) that had like a million viruses. Sometimes I think even the kaspersky on it was a virus. Anyway, this computer was like really slow. I could watch a full episode of hannah montana while waiting for it to boot… It really taught me to be patient and after a while it was just a regular speed computer to me. (I did however fix it in the end, but I wasn’t in any hurry)
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that patience is not something you are born with, it’s a trait that you acquire by being in situations where you have to wait.
It’s easier when you know what you are waiting for. Like counting down the days to your last day of high school, or waiting for the waiter to bring that pizza you ordered like two hours ago.
Sometimes you know exactly how long you have to wait, but other times you don’t.
It’s more difficult when you don’t know exactly what you are waiting for. You are waiting for an event or situation to end but you really don’t know what will happen once it does.
This is where hope and faith come in. I was once in a situation that I wanted to end really badly. Every time I saw a light at the end of the tunnel I realized it was just a new tunnel starting.
If I’d lost hope, I’d probably still be in that tunnel. But I kept believing and moving forward because I had faith and hope.
See patience is not all about waiting. It’s about going through the tunnel to the end and finally finding what you’ve been looking for.
But guess what, when you do finally find it, that won’t be the end… You still have to keep going through the next tunnel, and the one after that…
Here’s my point, patience is acquired but also must be sustained just like any fruit.

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