The first is patience. Practicing patience is never easy. However, it allows us to place our trust in God rather than in ourselves or immediate solutions at hand. This fruit of the Spirit is manifest in our lives as we lean into the vastness of God’s power, presence and provision. These days remind us that when we still our hearts and wait, we find peace as we place our trust in Him.
The second reminder is the power of prayer. Patience is not just waiting, but waiting with a purpose. The purpose is to glean the next step, the strength, or the work that God has for us which is revealed as we pray. Prayer transforms us as we press into His will for our lives. In the waiting we pray not merely for purpose but for God’s plans to come to pass. At times, that may lead to peace in the continued waiting, or a new direction, or strength to persevere in a journey. Much happens as we patiently await the Lord in prayer.
May we heed the reminders to be patient and pray, just as the disciples did during these days. As we do so, may God transform us at Pentecost as we seek to lean not into our own wisdom or understanding but the perfect will of God for our lives! Come Holy Spirit, come.