Running with Patience


To my mind, running patiently is an oxymoron. I only run when I’m chasing or being chased, and there’s nothing patient about my attitude in that situation. That might be why this biblical principle has been so challenging for me to learn all these years of trying.

I’m pulling in an old devotional writing today from George Matheson that I thought too well-written not to share. Read and be blessed.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

To run with patience is a very difficult thing. Running is apt to suggest the absence of patience, the eagerness to reach the goal. We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid. Yet, I do not think the invalid’s patience the hardest to achieve.

There is a patience which I believe to be harder–the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still: It is the power to work under a stroke; to have a great weight at your heart and still to run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily task. It is a Christlike thing!

Many of us would nurse our grief without crying if we were allowed to nurse it. The hard thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in bed, but in the street. We are called to bury our sorrows, not in lethargic quiescence, but in active service–in the exchange, in the workshop, in the hour of social intercourse, in the contribution to another’s joy. There is no burial of sorrow so difficult as that; it is the “running with patience.”

This was Thy patience, O Son of man! It was at once a waiting and a running–a waiting for the goal, and a doing of the lesser work meantime. I see Thee at Cana turning the water into wine lest the marriage feast should be clouded. I see Thee in the desert feeding a multitude with bread just to relieve a temporary want. All, all the time, Thou wert bearing a mighty grief, unshared, unspoken. Men ask for a rainbow in the cloud; but I would ask more from Thee. I would be, in my cloud, myself a rainbow — a minister to others’ joy. My patience will be perfect when it can work in the vineyard.
– George Matheson

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8 thoughts on “Running with Patience

  1. greg836 says:

    as you take time out in your journey……i would request that you read and process this…..http://www.salon.com/2014/11/03/why_conservative_christians_would_have_hated_jesus_partner/

  2. greg836 says:

    and one more post…..http://jesusisgreater.tv/……you did not ask for my input….but you did open me open to re thinking everything……so thanks for that!….in your self imposed absence, i have found some great inspiration, i hope to share with you…..

  3. greg836 says:

    Peter, there is no need to respond now…..you opened the doors for me…..that’s all i expected….but it has opened a dialogue with many for me, including my failing parents; I know filters and boundaries…..and hopefully I respect them…..in parting i’ll share one more and the shut up for the Holidays….

  4. greg836 says:

    FYI…..I know you are offline, but i’ve taken your lead:

    My Mom is really not doing as well as expected. So to honor my Father’s request, I will be taking a break from FB until the New Year, 2015. ( I will still be on ) and i will always post updates. ( i think that he would like for me to show a reverence, to her slipping ). I love my Parents much….so this I will honor. I’ve tried to use this social media tool as a mouthpiece, for my own ideas and perceptions, for the past seven years. 85% percent of the time it has created great bonds and communication between past, present and future friends. My mind runs a thousand miles a minute, but i want to slow it down and focus on my Mom. A new acquaintance, Peter……took himself off for the rest of 2014: he’s stronger than me but I will try and follow suit. And in light of my Mom’s ever wavering condition, I will need to do the same. I will be here, always reading and responding….while limiting my posts about how I think and feel. I appreciate and love all of my friends on here and wishing everyone of you all the best for the Holidays!

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