Devotions

Patience

Blooming • Patience
Mark O’Connor | Student Director

I just got back from two weeks of student summer camps. I had to laugh a bit as I began to type this devotion on patience. My patience was tested more in one week of middle school camp than it had been in the last couple years of serving in student ministry. It has always been a little odd how patience has worked in my life. When it comes to people, I have never had a problem. However, this week of middle school camp was a problem for me. There were three kids that took the vast majority of my time from the rest of the students from our location. Those that know me well know that I am the slowest person to anger or freak out in the history of the world. There was one situation though that I observed a particularly awful piece of behavior that I finally lost my cool. Rightfully so as I was defending a student, I lost all chill. At that moment though, I recognized that I needed to handle the situation with the grace and patience I have been afforded so many times in my life. I had to retreat for a moment, and this Scripture popped into my mind:

Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.”

I had lost sight of a principle I held very dear to me. At that moment, the enemy had placed a wedge between Jesus and me. All evidence of the Fruit of the Spirit had left my mind and body. It is easy for us to let that happen. Maybe you are a parent with a child that has challenging behaviors. Maybe you are teen struggling with your parent’s authority. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit in those times to carry us through the challenge. It is very easy for us to think we can do it on our own. We live like that until something blows our world up, and it is in those moments that we surrender completely to the will of God and realize that He will carry us through whatever circumstance comes into our life. That is, as long as we rely not on our knowledge and understanding but His.



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