Patience and Security…While in the midst of the trials of life, it is very difficult to focus on what the future may hold.  The crisis is now and it consumes our attention.  This is human nature; patience and understanding are not normal responses.  Society and technology are constantly leading us to believe that we can obtain instant results or instant gratification.  The technological advances are great. Smart phones give us access to vast amounts of information instantly.  You can find out any bit of useless information within seconds, such as who won the NCAA championship in 1988, or what is the population of New Zealand? 

This is fantastic, but when we are faced with real life issues, we need to realize that God is still in control of everything that affects our lives.  His timing and plan is perfect; although, this is difficult for us to understand, because it often takes time for us to see the purpose of His plan.  The verses that have helped me remember this important fact is Jeremiah 29:10-13.

This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years, are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:10-13 (NIV)

Each of us has experienced the “trials of life.”  Some may seem tougher than others.  Some seem to last longer than others.  Seventy years is a long time, hopefully ours will not take that long.  Everyone can relate to the desire for a quick resolution to life’s circumstances.  What we may see as a small or insignificant development through this process, may be a huge step in the overall plan.  These small improvements are the foundation for something much larger.

It is important to remember, we need to have the patience and determination to continue to work and pray, because we have the security of God’s promise.