[Passion vs. Patience]
I’ll be honest, I’m not always the most patient person. Whether impatience stems from the eagerness of wanting something now, or it’s a product of the difficult things we have to endure, the fact of the matter is this: patience always requires that we wait. Guess what? I’ve never enjoyed that waiting time! (Surprise surprise).
If you’ve looked at patience as I have–knowing full well that you’re not the most patient person, then this quality may feel at times unattainable. It isn’t. Be patient. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) This piece on passion vs. patience though, might change your perspective.
In the book “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” which is an allegory of the Christian journey, a scene plays out before Christian, between two characters: one called Passion and the other who is referred to as Patience. As Christian watches the scene play out before his eyes, he asks the Interpreter why Passion is so discontented. The Interpreter explains that the Governor of them (the Governor of them representing God), would have them wait till the beginning of next year; but he [Passion] wants it all now. However, Patience is willing to wait.
Next, Passion is brought a bag of treasure, which he rejoices in, and then laughs at Patience, but Passions treasure is soon spent and he’s left to sit in rags. Again, Christian asks for an explanation, and he’s told that Passion represents the men of this world, who in the end will find themselves just as Passion: left with nothing. Christian, whose been watching with a keen eye, observes Patience better wisdom, for Patience stays for the best things, thus he concludes that Patience will have the Glory when Passion has wasted all that he’s been given.
“Things that are first must give place; but things that are last are lasting.” –The Pilgrim’s Progress
“Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you. Love it, and it will keep you safe. Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding.” –Proverbs 4:6-7
As I read this allegorical passage I began to look at patience in a whole new way: with inspiration and hope! I may be stubborn, but I refuse to use it for anything but good. This bodes well for me, and for all of us who strive to persevere in any and all circumstances.
“By your endurance you will gain your lives.” –Luke 21:19
“And endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” –Romans 5:4
God gives all of us only so many days. We call it a lifetime, which sounds like an eternity if you’re really that impatient, but really, it’s a very small window of time. Thankfully, He’s willing to forgive all of the times we’ve become impatient and tried to do things in our own way. Instead, He gives us grace to proceed once again from where we left the tracks, so that we may keep going and growing. It’s the finish line, or the harvest time, that we set our sights on, so let’s never forget a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7).
Personally, I’ll be looking at patience a little differently. Instead of our weakness then, let’s choose to look to our strength (who is Christ in us), as we bear fruit and continue to store up our lasting treasures in Heaven.
“It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called son of the king of Egypt’s daughter. He chose to suffer with God’s people instead of enjoying sin for a short time. He thought that it was better to suffer for the Christ than to have all the treasures of Egypt. He was looking only for God’s reward.” –Hebrews 11:25-26
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.” –James 5:7
“And that in the good soil, these are those who, having heard the word, keep it in a worthy and good heart and bring forth fruit by perseverance.” –Luke 8:15
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have we wait for it patiently” –Romans 8:25
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” –Psalm 125:5