“That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)
Toleen was bored sick of staying at home reading. Being a high flying student, she had made sure to start reading as soon as the session started. As good as the constant revisions have been, Toleen just couldn’t help but wonder how more interesting her life will be if she can have some of the freedom her friends have or if she can quickly grow up, go to the university, get a great job and live independent of her parents.
Life seems so slow for Toleen. Her parents had encouraged her to stay home on weekends to read and by agreeing, she had missed out on the fun the others were having attending weekend JAMB and WAEC lessons. She loves her parents and she knows they want the best for her but sometimes, she just can’t help feeling caged in her routinous living.
Toleen rolls her eyes, sighs and reminds herself to be grateful for the checks and balances she has in her life. She has loving parents, boisterous siblings and godly friends with whom she has good times with.
Toleen picks up her books with renewed vigour. There is a time for everything and she will find fun in doing the right things at the right time. The right thing for now is to read and prepare for the upcoming exams.
Have you ever felt like Toleen? I know I have. There was a time when time seemed to stretch like an endless road and all I could do was day dream about the life I wanted. Sometimes, feeling that way can lead to us growing impatient with our present placement in life. And impatience is not from God.
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with dreaming about the next phase of life we want to find ourselves, making plans about moving forward and consequently working towards those plans. Those are not signs of impatience, they are evidence of a mind alert to the workings of God in his or her life and of preparedness to journey through the process of growth. Impatience, on the other hand, comes with a pang of tiredness, resentment for the present and wistful longing for the future without any adequate preparation on how to survive in that future. Impatience makes you wish to be all grown up and out of your home without enjoying the process by which that will happen. You forget that truly enjoying and giving thanks to God for a phase in your life opens you up to having God unlock the door for a higher phase. Impatience makes you hiss, sigh and frown a lot and these in turn work negatively on your face muscles and you know we can’t be doing that to our precious face muscles?!
Patience is not a lazy approach to life as some may think. It is not a lack of vision. In fact, I dare say that a patient man has more vision than an impatient man. A patient man sees the process to attain a goal while not losing sight of the goal ahead. An impatiet man, on the other hand, sees the goal alone but lacks plans or the ‘patience’ to adequately prepare for the goal. Tell me, who do you think will attain his goals faster?
I hope you see now that impatience is a vicious cycle that baits you with promises of a better tomorrow without you enjoying the process of today. The tomorrows never end. There is always a goal to attain. Thus, enjoy the process of becoming. Enjoy the period you get to spend in secondary school. Be grateful when you gain admission into the university and don’t fall into the folly of wishing that you graduate already because you are already tired of the university. Don’t be caught anxious praying earnestly that NYSC be over already and that you begin to earn ‘cool’ cash in the job you really want and not this one that NYSC posted you to…The cycle can be unending.
Impatience turns us to lousy whiners without we knowing it.
The cure to impatience is faith. Let us be committed to searching through holy scriptures and be encouraged by people who through faith and patience inherited the promises given to them. Remember, there is a promise God has given to you. He has thoughts of good and not of evil towards you. He has plans to prosper you and bring you to His expected end for you. Remember Jesus who patiently and diligently built character in the 30 quiet years of his life. Think of Him who had the power to have fast forwarded the last three years of his life to have happened faster than it did but who didn’t. Remember David the shepherd boy who later became one of the greatest kings of Israel. Remember Esther who patiently went through the 12 months of purification required of her and was later chosen to be queen. The scriptures are replete with examples of people who showed patience and faith. Our immediate environment also do not lack such great examples. Search them out, seek counsel and pray that God will fill you with patience and faith even as you journey through life.
Questions for engagement?
1) What phase of your life are you in right now that you can’t seem to wait to move past?
2) How do you intend to move forward from that phase?
3) Have there been times when you have been patient and it ended with testimonies?
4) Have there been times when you were patient and you ended up regretting it?
5) Would you like us to pray along with you on any plan or project you are trusting God for?
Please do comment in the comment section. I love you all and I’m in faith with you.
P.S: I am the Toleen in the story… Smiles…
About the Author:
Elujulo Oluwatobiloba Mabel is a candidate of the Nigerian Bar. She recently completed the one year academic and practical training at the Nigerian Law School, Yenegoa campus in January, 2020. Tobi, as she is fondly called, graduated from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan where she finished with first class honours from the Faculty of Law. Her secondary school alma matter is the prestigious Pacesetters Comprehensive College, Ashipa Road, Ibadan.
Tobi loves the city of Ibadan. She also loves reading and writing literary articles, watching Nickelodeon and lying down on brown coloured couches.
She believes that getting saved when she was in J.S.S 1 caused a major shift in the trajectory of her life and getting filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues while in the university has set her on the right course in life. Tobi has a passion for speaking to young persons and inspiring them to start living intentionally more early in life.
How best to live more intentionally in life than to accept Jesus as one’s Lord and personal saviour?
Oluwatobiloba enjoys conversations on God, career, family, relationships, law, academics and literature.
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