"Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him." (Psalm 37:7)
Patience has not been my friend. One of many confessions is my lack of trust in God. I worry and am anxious about any number of issues, at any given time. Then, what starts out as an appropriate evaluation of a given situation, far too quickly turns into obsessing on the situation in a unproductive fashion.
Throughout the Psalms, the cry to God for patience continues. It isn't just the two of us that struggle with patience. Patience through trusting God has been difficult throughout history, as well as with faithful people today. While I wish and regularly pray for God to give me a deeper more trusting faith, it does not mean that I do not have enough faith. If God only supported those without anxiety and with infinite patience, Adam & Eve and just about every other Biblical character thereafter would be unacceptable.
While you pray today for patience and trust in God, do not forget to pray for self-acceptance. We are forgiven by the grace of God, so relax. God will use you and me, amidst our imperfection. It takes huge faith to try hard and work diligently, living with the discomfort with anxiety and impatience. Bless you for living your faith, especially in the uncomfortable moments. Pray for God's continued strength and faith.