“A man’s wisdom give him patience…” (Proverbs 19:11a)
Have you ever tried to wear new shoes when they didn’t fit? You knew they didn’t, but you just had to have that style right now? I have and regretted my impatience in not waiting to find the correct size and style or return the shoes for a larger size.
When something doesn’t fit, it’s uncomfortable and, generally speaking, does not look comfortable. Usually others can tell when you are using something that is just not your size or shape, or specific to your uniqueness. Of course, you can keep wearing the item and it will stretch and change to some degree altering the way it was designed, but at what cost? The original “look” will be marred; it gets pushed to the back of the closet and, in the case of shoes, you are left with blisters.
But those times I have been patient to find the right size, or say no to the wrong size, that item stays at the front of the closet and becomes a favorite and a joy to wear.
Patience has its place in all of life, from the clothes we wear, the food we eat or the way we use our time. Everything speaks of who we are, what our purpose is and how we live life, miserably mimicking someone else or comfortably in our own skin. The latter is YOU—fearfully and wonderfully made, yielded to God’s design, a vessel fit for the Master’s use.
Further Reading: Galatians 5:22; James 1:4; Luke 8:11-15