One of the most challenging fruits or virtues of the spirit is patience, or longsuffering as the ancients called it. The virtue of patience is one of the most vulnerable characteristics of any human being.

Perhaps in order to learn this tactic, one should consider the average home’s domestic pet, the dog.

A dog will sit and wait without flinching or succumbing to any distraction when he has decided that a particular thing is desired. He will also sit and wait for his beloved master or mistress to return to him for great lengths of time. And even after death, dogs are known to lie on the graves of their human companion, waiting patiently for their return.

If only a human could be like that. Whether promise of healing, prosperity, or love is involved, the average man or woman can barely tolerate a wait of seconds or minutes, let alone hours or days. It seems to be almost beyond the average individual’s abilities to simply trust, have faith and wait patiently for the results that have been promised.

The dog goes to the kitchen at precisely 9:00 a.m. expecting breakfast because that is when it is always served. If you are late, they are still there.


If you forget to give them an expected treat, they will simply stare at you and wait till you fulfill your part of the bargain.

Why can’t a human be like that in their partnership with God?

When health is promised, doubts arise in the human mind within seconds, to knock down that healing. When prosperity is promised and not received immediately, patience goes out the window and within hours or days the individual is once again full of fear and doubt.

And love? Most humans view themselves as unlovable, and so being accepting of love, and then patiently receiving it, may not ever be part of their expected picture.

So for the human to learn patience, they must learn to mimic the valued family dog who sits and waits, never doubting that their loved one will fulfill their needs.

Be patient like a dog. Wait upon the Lord and He will renew your strength. Wait upon the Lord and He will heal you. Wait upon the Lord and He will shower you with prosperity and Blessings.

Be patient. Wait upon the Lord.



About V.L.M.

Author, Editor, Poet, Composer, Environmental Activist, Spiritual Activist
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