“But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.” Romans 8:25 AMP
This scripture really gets at the grace part of faith. To me it describes how to walk in faith gracefully. As we walk forward with a listening ear for God’s direction – into the unknown, sight unseen – it is to be with patience and composure.
Patience: 1. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. 2. Quiet, steady perseverance; even tempered care; diligence.
Composure: Serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquility.
To accomplish this it requires a focus in the Spirit, on God’s plan, in a state of complete trust. Otherwise fear, doubt, worry and anxiety start to creep in.
I picture that I have blinders on to block out distraction, focusing my eyes on a bright light ahead. No sense of panic. No sense of floundering, being lost or left behind. I simply walk toward the beacon that has been placed in front of me for direction. I imagine that on a stormy night that is what the beacon from the lighthouse looks like. The captain has been navigating according to His compass, maps and headings but he can’t physically see anything. Then he captures a glimpse of the light. It confirms for him that his course was true, even if he may have felt uncertain at times. It affirms his choice to follow the course that had been laid out. The light guides him the rest of the way – past even the rockiest of shores.
Father thank you for being a beacon in my life to confirm and affirm Your direction. Help me use all the tools that You give me wisely. May I be full of patience and composure on this journey regardless of what I can or cannot see!