Patience is hard. I’m not sure I know anyone who would say “patience” is one of their strengths. There’s nothing fun about it.
It’s not like being generous, because it does warm our hearts to know we helped another. Or being someone who serves others well. Even when it is hard or inconvenient, you still feel the joy of blessing someone else. List any of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (queue the “fruits of the spirit song” that is now going through your heard if you grew up a part of a youth group).
In all of those things, there is a feeling of “this feels like it’s the right thing to do.” Except for patience.
Patience is hard. Am I supposed to be patient right now? Maybe I’m just not working hard enough? Maybe I’m doing the wrong thing? These are the questions that run through our heads in seasons where we wait.
Especially when you aren’t just “waiting.” You are doing things, but the goal or thing we are waiting for simply isn’t here yet.
In my situation right now, this is what I am feeling as we start New City Church this January. We are doing things to prepare, and it will all pick up a bit this fall as we get closer to our launch, but we still must wait.
We must wait for more fundraising to come in so that we can buy all of our necessary equipment. We must wait as we gather more people together and get ready for the road ahead. It’s an active type of waiting, but a waiting nonetheless to see what God does.
In the midst of trying to be patient, I like what king David wrote in Psalm 40:1, I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
In David’s season of waiting, he didn’t just sit there, he continually and faithfully went to God about his desires. And God listened, even if he didn’t change David’s circumstances right away. And so it is with us as well.
But my favorite part is what David writes at the end of verse 3, and encourages me in this time of patience and waiting, of what will happen because of the faithfulness of those helping plant New City.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:3)
This is why we are even doing this at all, for people to meet Jesus and know him better, to put their trust in the Lord. I’m excited for the future, for all those already on our team, and the ones that will join us over the next few months as we plant New City Church.
I firmly believe we will be amazed and what God will do, and people will trust in Jesus because of it. There is nothing fun about waiting, but seeing what God will do makes it all more than worth it in the end.