2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing ~James 1:2-4, NKJV~
“How to wait patiently?” you ask… Good question!
The best way, as instructed above, is to remain joyful in all situations and “count it all joy” when in trails. Now, understandably, this is difficult when in the midst of things (and God knows this) but one way I can suggest on how to do this is to place our thoughts and focus on the other good things still going well for us. Or, if it is still too hard, to think of the good things when everything seems to be falling apart, then perhaps writing the good things down so that the trails and tribulation are not clustered up and choking our memory of every other good thing still existing in our life. Seeing these things physically written before us will remind us that they are happening and not dead.
Out of this, we learn to wait patiently because we realise that although there are some imperfect things happening, we still have other things to thank Him for – we have not been stripped of absolutely everything. More to that, we remember that God has worked before, and is still working, so what harm is there in waiting on Him again this time? We begin to realise that we already have all that we need for now – the rest can come in His time, and until then, we will not stop thanking Him for the now.
Patience, here, should work not to replace, but to fill in temporary void and gaps as we focus not on what we lack but we praise for what we still have. Picture patience as a bridge we meet at the crossing of a trail, which takes us up and over worries and problems. Below us will be a stream of fear, anxieties, concerns, constant change and a rush of emotions which are out of our control but by choosing to look up, rise upon it and focus on God whilst blessing Him for his grace during this time, we cross over to the other side of the stream without looking down; before we know it, we will cross over to the other side and continue on our way to our intended destination.