Patience permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord when we are tossed about by suffering as if by surf. When the undertow grasps us we will realize that we are somehow being carried forward even as we tumble. We are actually being helped, even as we cry for help. ~Neal A. Maxwell~
Sometimes, when everything looks as though it is going contrary to our expectations, all we can do is wait. Simply hold fast to God’s mandate that you have been given (get sober and in recovery) in spite of how things may appear in the moment…be committed in your resolve to see it through, and watch how circumstances begin to change.
Thought for the day
When I was getting sober in AA rooms in L.A. (no, not Lower Alabama) back in the 80’s there were a couple of older wise sober ladies that took me under their wing. I guess they knew that deep down from the manly façade I put out was a gentle boy in pain, needing lots of real love but lacking in patience. One of those wise ladies at a meeting once said for the benefit of newcomers “When I am in pain and the world seems to be collapsing around me, and my ass is falling off, I just put it in a bag and bring it to a meeting”. I will never forget those wise words.
Too often, our “drive-through” conditioning for immediate gratification, can hamper our ability to patiently wait on the solution to life’s difficulties that is available to us, when we do. Hang in, hang on and don’t get hung!
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
~Hebrews 10:32-38 (NKJV)~
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. ~Psalms 37:7-9~
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31~