Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NAS: Patience


Linking up with the Not Alone Series again!

Do you find yourself becoming really impatient, or struggling with your life to "really" begin? If so, how do you combat it? Do you do anything? How can we support one another in this area?

Patience is definitely something that I struggle with, especially when it comes to the unfolding of God's plan for my vocation! I have the tendency to think my life hasn't really begun unless I am fulfilling those desires. But this is where I am wrong, and where my trust falls short. I frequently need to check myself and make sure that I am not living too much in the future. When I do this, I become so focused on what is to come and less focused on living my life to the fullest in the present. My focus is taken off God and what He is doing in my life right here and right now. While day dreaming about our vocations is not a horrible thing in itself, it becomes toxic when we are living for the future. (My life will begin when...) 

Well, here is a newsflash for all of us: our lives have already begun! And they're awesome! 

I need to have that plastered across my mirror as much as anyone. For me, the cause of my impatience is a little different... (but still the same as we are all waiting as patiently as we can)... because I really want to be a nun. SO badly it hurts sometimes, as I'm sure it does for all of you yearning for husbands and families. But this is not in the Lord's plan for me right now. I still have loans to pay off, I have a job I am committed to, and the timing is just not right. It's hard when you see so clearly the end of the road, but are not sure how long the road is that lies between you and that destination. 

It is kind of like we are all taking a cross country road trip together, and want so badly just to speed through to our destination. But we need to savor in all the little pit stops along the way. Just think of how much we could be missing? I had an experience like this once... some friends and I were coming back to Ohio from a wedding in New York, and I just so desperately wanted to get home and get out of the car. We ended up having to get off the highway because of an accident ahead of us, and my friends saw an adorable little farmers market and insisted that we stop. I was not too please originally because I was set on just getting back, but it ended up being a ton of fun. This little experience taught me a lot though. They were simply enjoying each others company and the fun of the journey. 

I try to remember that experience in times of impatience. It is a good reminder to just sit back and enjoy the ride. That's not always easy when you've been 'driving' for years and don't even know when the road is ending, but it is always good to 'stop and smell the roses'. 

I read something once that said if you have to think about the future, think about it with Jesus in it. Imagine Him there, and it won't seem so daunting and distant. Because truly, He is with us every step of the way! 

I try to think of it too as I am learning how to be patient now so that I can grow in that virtue and have more of it to bring into my vocation. You can never have too much patience ;) 

Anyways, hope my ramblings make sense! I tend to think of more things as I write! Looking forward to reading all of your posts!

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Maggie! Great post! Faith is so much like a car trip. And a race. But I think sometimes our problem is we treat it like a sprint and not the marathon that it is with the "win" not being so much *first* to do something (marriage, babies, vocation) the fastest, but simply to finish. And I SO encourage you in your vocation. I work with an order of sisters and find their love of Christ so so beautiful. You are in my prayers!

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    1. Yea, definitely a marathon! I like that. And thank you! I appreciate it :)

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  2. "I have the tendency to think my life hasn't really begun unless I am fulfilling those desires" - ME TOO!! I feel like I'm in a perpetual state of 'waiting for my life to begin' (a la the Colin Hay song!). It's so important not to get caught up in these thoughts. Yes we can look to the future, but we need to be aware of the present too!! Great post! :)

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  3. Love it Magels!!! So good, vocation is not our destination but only more of our journey.

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  4. Isn't it funny how God takes little life experiences and helps us to learn something BIG? He's so great. It's not always easy to live in that mindset of "let's LIVE our lives NOW!"...but it's worth it!

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  5. Great post! I loved your road trip analogy :)

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