Patience is not my forte by a long shot.
When my son Tucker was around two years old, he would ask for apple juice all the time, which is not surprising for a little guy his age. The funny part about the way he asked was that he’d repeat himself over and over, literally ten times in a row. He would even keep asking while I was pouring the juice for him! It would go something like this, “Mom, mom, mom, can I have juice? Mom, mom, juice. Can I have juice? Mom, mom can I have apple juice? Mom, mom, mom, juice.” This happened several times a day and reminds me of myself! I have about the same amount of patience as Tucker did, except I’m not two. I promise I’m working on it, but I’m not close to being where I need to be.
I can be impatient in a lot of areas, especially when I’m facing difficulty. I often refer to difficult times and situations as ‘the pits’. Today I want to open up about being ‘patient in the pits’. What are the pits? The pits is the feeling you have when you can’t get yourself out of a bad situation, or feel trapped and alone. There are hundreds of ways we fall into feeling like we are in the pits. It could be depression, P.M.S., relationship issues or even cancer. When you are in the pits, it’s as if you suffer there alone because you can’t get yourself out. I hate the pits!
I don’t always share Bible verses with you, but today I’m going to because this particular verse really helps me and I hope it helps you too.
Psalm 40:1-2 NIV
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
These verses tell me that I can wait patiently for the Lord, knowing He will hear my cry. The hardest part for me is the patience. Why should I have to be patient when I’m facing a hard time? The thing is – I have a choice to make. I can be patient, knowing God will come through for me, or I can be miserable and mad because I haven’t seen Him do it yet. Being patient in the middle of a storm is hard!
Getting pulled out of the pits looks different for every person. I think it’s important to remember that the primary way God sends help our way is through people. Have you ever been in the pit of depression and had a friend just listen and support you? I believe this is one way God pulls us out of the pits, He uses people to do it. When you feel like you are drowning, sometimes all it takes is an encouraging word or a hug from a friend to help you feel like you aren’t stuck in your pit. Other times, it’s a more significant like an answer to prayer or drastic change in your situation that makes you feel like you have come out of it. For me personally, God uses people, family, and friends, to reach down and help me out of the pits. He leads and guides them to reach out and help me.
Having the patience to wait on God’s answer is no joke! But, if we can learn to trust Him in that place, we can have peace until we experience the moment we’re out of the pits and are on solid ground!
Check out my video – Patience in the Pit #1. Next time I’ll talk about learning how to trust God while you are in the pits and how He will pull you out and get you on solid ground!