Good Day, God!
It is a marvelous gift to discover an Improved Definition for a useful/important word — Patience. I used to read it in the list of the Gifts of the Spirit and think — hmm, did I really want it? It was just slightly better than Self Control.
That was most likely because I did not have the gift of patience. If fast is good . . . FASTER is BETTER. So, my understanding of Patience . . . when I thought I was exercising it . . . was to clench my jaw and work at not saying anything impatient.
Then, just a few weeks ago I realized that Patience was a Relaxed Awareness that Everything was Proceeding (or not) at its Appointed Pace.
I guess, God, that while I wasn’t looking . . . and certainly not asking . . . You must have given me the Gift of Patience. Because this new understanding just “arrived.” I don’t remember reading it. I don’t remember anyone “explaining” it to me. It was just there.
And, it is a timely gift. My need for patience is growing . . . I require more time to do things. And I use it when I am NOT doing things.
I clearly need to balance Patience with Self Control. And, yes, God. This time I am asking!