He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. God tapped humanity on its collective shoulder, “Pardon me,” he said, and eternity interrupted time, divinity interrupted carnality, and heaven interrupted the earth in the form of a baby. Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption. – Max Lucado
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
The final step in developing patience is to depend on God. Patience is not merely a matter of human willpower; it is the fruit of the Spirit. You cannot just psych yourself up and say, “I’m going to be patient if it kills me.” It will. Patience is not willpower. Patience is not saying, “He doesn’t really irritate me,” when deep inside you are really thinking, I hate that guy. Patience is not wearing a mask and pretending.
If it is God’s patience you feel, if it is the genuine fruit of the Spirit, you will have a genuine inner peace. Certain situations won’t bother you the way they used to. Why? because you are depending on the Lord.
Patience is a form of faith. It says, “I trust God. I believe that God is bigger than this problem. And I believe that God has his hand in these irritations and can use them in my life for good.” Faith helps us look at life from God’s point of view. Faith helps us to say, “God, what do you want me to learn in this situation?” instead of “Why did this happen?” Because of faith we no longer need to ask God, “Why did I get a flat tire while I was on the way to an important appointment?” Instead, we can ask, “What do you want me to learn from this predicament?”
Excerpt from God’s Power to Change Your Life by Rick Warren
“Do you feel like God is asking too much of you? As you scan the landscape of your present circumstances, is it hard to believe this is really what life has brought you to? Does God really expect something promising to come of what you’re dealing with, what you’re shackled with, what you’re stuck with? Could anything be more unwanted or undesirable to you right now? If He didn’t have so much meaning and potential and restoration to accomplish in the midst of it, you’re right—it would be a tragic mess. But with everything He wants to achieve through you in this vital yet difficult season, there’s another way to look at it. Consider it a privilege.”
― excerpt from Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer