Waiting and Patience
“Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the Spiritual Life.” – Simone Weil
“Patience is everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
How many times in our life have we been told to have patience, or be patient, or patience gets us to good places? How many times are we telling others the same thing? Somehow, in some way, our patience is tested every day. Whether it is a child, a spouse, a friend, a line at the grocery store, or being on the phone dealing with some sort of business item with an automated voice telling us what to do and to wait. It is constant.
As Simon Weil wrote, “When it comes to the Spiritual Life, patience is everything.” We cannot rush growth and we cannot rush God. Somehow His timing is perfect!! Waiting patiently can be one of life’s hardest tasks, but most rewarding if genuinely understood and practiced. It tests us…try’s us…causes us to grow if we allow it to. It also can bring a sense of deep healing in our lives and relationships around us. Patience is virtuous. It will cause us to get to a different place with God, others, and ourselves.