“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4 KJV
I guess this verse answers the above question. Perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Other translations word it like this:
NIV “mature, complete, not lacking anything”
The Message “mature, well-developed, not deficient in any way
NLT “perfect and complete, needing nothing”
In other words, being patient in whatever situation you find yourself in, accomplishes good things; amazing things. But man, is it hard.
I just need to process some personal stuff here today, so I hope you don’t mind. You are going to see the real me here….the unfinished work, the doubting Thomas, the Saul of the Old Testament who had an issue with needing instant gratification, the Peter who got out of the boat but then freaked out and sank till Jesus saved him. But, hopefully before the end of the post, you will see the Darla who writes the blog, has great faith and is inspired and has a clear vision.
I have been waiting for something for decades (not going to get specific, sorry). 16 years ago it seemed to be coming to me, but after waiting 9 years, I realized that dream was never going to come true.
I’m in the waiting zone again now and it is WELL WORTH waiting for. I have no choice but to wait but HOW I wait is the issue I need help with. A dear friend has encouraged me to just trust the Lord in all things; to wait upon the Lord to open and shut doors all according to His will. (Excellent advice; perfect advice actually) As we all likely know, the Lord’s timing is seldom ours so a day can feel like a thousand years. It feels like I’ve spent so much of my life waiting and there must be a reason. Hence, that is why I keep coming back to that verse in James 1:4; what patience in waiting can produce.
But, how exactly does that happen? How can being patient result in me not lacking anything? Or not needing anything or wanting anything. It also says that being patient will make me perfect, complete, and mature.
Which then brings me to the question: Do I want what I want more than I want my character refined? Will what I want make me perfect, complete and mature like being patient will? Or can these two issues even be separated? Will they perfectly complement one another instead? Will truly surrendering to the process at hand (the very thing I need patience in and for) fill me up to the extent that when the fulfillment of all I’ve been waiting for actually comes to pass, I will already be perfect, complete and needing nothing? Would I then bring that completion, that wholeness into the experience instead of expecting the experience or that person to produce it? I am then free to simply love, move and enjoy the fulfillment of all I’ve been waiting for!
I have learned already that kicking against the process, being impatient and letting my emotions control me, only causes me and others pain.
There are so many situations where life is going to require patience. From being in traffic to waiting for something to happen in a relationship or a piece of life’s puzzle to finally fall into place. For a dream to come true. For healing to take place.
The song keeps going through my head, “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.” Waiting upon the Lord to speak, direct, move, instruct, inspire, and reveal. Waiting for Him; focusing more on this more than waiting on someone else or something else to happen. Waiting for someone else or something else will only disappoint and bring frustrations for all involved. Waiting upon the Lord will give me strength to be patient. I don’t have to do any of this alone. Praise Him for that. Once again I concede: trust the process.