125 – May 5
“I waited and waited, and when no message came, I knew it must be from you.”—Ashleigh Brilliant
I am patient.
I am patient.
I am P-A-T-I-E-N-T.
“He also serves who only stands and waits.”
I can wait my turn.
I can W-A-I-T.
I have patience.
God has three answers to prayers:
“Yes,” “Not now,” and “I have something better for you.”
Of the three, “Not now” is the toughest one.
Not now. Okay.
“Good things come to him who waits.”
I am waiting.
Sometimes it seems, when we’ve been sending out a lot of ships, but none are coming in, that all our dreams are on the “slow boat to China.” Don’t lose faith; don’t lose hope. The ships are sailing; you just can’t see them. If they’re not in sight yet, it’s because they’re not supposed to be. This is the process by which human beings develop patience, faith, and trust. All things are working together for your good.
You are in charge of sending ships out. You are not in charge of when they come in.
“All things seen and unseen are working for my good.”
I learned patience at the poker table.
As much as I love to be in the action, betting and raising and pushing all-in, figuring out other players – how they play and what they have, moving my chips around, and having a high time of it all, there are times when you are just “card dead”. That means instead of great hands like Aces, Kings, Queens, and the like, the two cards you are dealt are a series of miserable looking 9-2, 8-3, King-3, and Jack-6.
You can’t play them. You have to wait. And waiting is so irritating!
A poker teacher once wrote that the first poker lesson should be “Go outside and watch the grass grow for 2 hours.” And the second lesson would be “Go outside and watch the grass grow for 4 hours.”
Getting frustrated is so easy. And so wrong. It won’t make you get better cards. It will make you tempted to play badly. It will make you picture the outcome you DON’T want, instead of visualizing the outcome you DO want. Classic Law of Attraction. So then you get a pair of threes and think they’re Aces, overplay your hand, and lose.
This is what people do in business, too. They are sending out their ships, marketing their product or service, and getting frustrated when the ships don’t come in right now. There’s a lull, and nobody says “Yes, yes, I want to buy that!” They start looking at their bills and getting anxious that they won’t be able to pay them. They look ahead and think, “What if nobody ever buys from me again? What am I going to do about the house payment? How am I going to pay for my daughter’s braces?”
They start visualizing what they DON’T want instead of what they DO want. That’s when they start doing bad sales, pitching to people who aren’t interested, looking desperate. Classic.
Wait. Have faith. Have patience. Visualize your ships sailing into your harbor, unloading treasure at your dock. They’re coming. They’re just beyond the horizon. Visualize. Trust. Believe. Smile. Thank God for your treasure BEFORE you see it. Believing is seeing.