The older I get the more I begin to understand the incredible patience of God; particularly His patience with me.
In the Gospel of John one can get a sense of God’s patience. Imagine what it must have been like to be with Jesus’ disciples, having spent three years in the presence of God’s only Son: hearing Him speak and watching Him perform miracles. What a learning experience that must have been! And yet, after all that time, the disciples really hadn’t learned a thing.
Consider Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 14:
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?
I can relate to Philip! I have my days when I doubt, I disobey, I despair—and this from a “professional” Church worker. All that time in God’s Word, doing God’s work, and this is as good as my faith gets? Even after Jesus has been among me for such a long time?
But despite my spiritual failings, I know God is patient with me. Mercifully patient. He is always quick to forgive my sins and call me back to faith, call me back to trusting Him. Over the years, I’ve experience His patience time and time again. I’m amazed every time…and grateful as well.
As He has directed us to begin the Village Ministry Center, I’ve learned a whole new level of patience. Here the Lord has given us a vision for Convoy that is exciting and challenging; something completely new for us and for our community. And yet it seems to be taking forever to get started!
One the one hand, the past year has flown by. Our discussions of beginning the VMC started in July 2012, and one year later we have progressed incredibly far! God has put together a great team of people from all the churches in the area. It’s truly amazing how much has been accomplished. And yet we still aren't "open for business!" It has taken more time that I ever expected to put together an organization, a building, and a plan for scheduling and programming.
But it’s coming. It’s almost here. Patience. Good things can take a long time. And yet in the waiting, there is blessing. For in the waiting we see Jesus always being patient with us.