Patience is often stated as a virtue and something that one should cultivate. No wonder it is considered to be a virtue, because it is really hard to attain and trying to maintain it over an extended period of time is no easy task.
The people of Israel had spent 40 years wandering through the desert in search of the Promised Land, and suddenly they find themselves in what modern management assessments would probably deem a change crisis: a new leader, another task and yet more waiting prior to moving forward.
Surprisingly, rather than trip and fall at the finish line, they chose to trust in the Lord and calmly proceeded as instructed, patiently waiting until the time when their shouts brought the walls of Jericho down.
How often do we see goals ahead and rush to seize them before listening to God’s instructions regarding the manner to proceed? Do we take the time to listen? Like a good trainer, God is ready and waiting to help us, all we have to do is ask.
Patient Lord, as we journey through our own deserts toward sought after goals, open our ears to your guiding voice. Amen. — CS