1. The capacity, quality, or fact of being patient.
Synonyms: patience, long-suffering, resignation, forbearance
These nouns denote the capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience without complaint. Patience emphasizes calmness, self-control, and the willingness or ability to tolerate delay: Our patience will achieve more than our force (Edmund Burke).
Long-suffering is long and patient endurance, as of wrong or provocation: The general, a man not known for docility and long-suffering, flew into a rage.
Resignation implies acceptance of or submission to something trying, as out of despair or necessity: I undertook the job with an air of resignation.
Forbearance denotes restraint, as in retaliating, demanding what is due, or voicing disapproval: “It is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other” (Patrick Henry).
In the American lifestyle patience is often forgotten. I don’t enjoy waiting for things. But I find that some of the greatest events of my life have been preceded by long periods of waiting. When I began going in missions trips as a kid, the announcement of a trip would be months before we actually left. During the months leading up to a trip, my family and I would fundraise for the trip, our group would have meetings for spiritual growth. And we would call each other and pray over the trip that was coming. We would learn phrases and scripture verses in the language of the country we would be visiting. During our preparations we would be taught and equipped to have an incredible trip. Patience was the key to having an amazing trip. As we waited and as the trip grew closer our group became more excited, the excitement brought us together, but the patience and the preparation made the trips successful.
1. The act or process of preparing.
2. The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
3. A preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something. Often used in the plural: preparations for the wedding.
4. A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.
When a choice is made to wait for something, we often find what is best. When we are rushed, we will often settle for something less than what God truly intended for us, not always, but often. There is a character trait of patience that God desires to be built deep on the inside of our hearts. As we patiently wait, and as we seek the will and purpose of God, he is able to lead and guide us to the things that are best for our lives.
Sometimes the dreams of our lives, and how we will make them possible, seem blurry and difficult to accomplish. But as we seek god and make small steps toward our purpose, they are sure to come to pass. Each day there are small steps toward our ultimate goal. If we will be patient enough to wait for them to get clearer and for them to arrive.
Just a little while longer. You can make it.