I was watching a student of mine struggle with something new at the piano the other day, and while encouraging them and trying to be patient with them, it occurred to me that this is what God goes through every moment on a much, much larger scale, as He waits for us to learn, and grow, and become the fully actualized human beings that we were meant to be.
I always feel His gentle and reassuring presence in my life with everything I am pursuing and all that I am trying to get better at—in this same way, it seems to me that I should emulate this positive and patient approach whenever I can, especially when I consider how much harder God’s job is than mine.
He’s waiting for us to become fully loving and compassionate souls, while I am simply hoping for somebody to learn a new technique or song on the piano. Even my career goals pale in comparison to the scope of what God lovingly and placidly allows us to move towards, ever so slowly, day by day, step by little step.
My wants and needs require far less diligence and fortitude than what it requires for God to let us all evolve at our own pace, within our own free will—often stumbling along the way and always needing forgiveness.
I will remember this the next time I am waiting for something to happen, and perhaps thinking that it is taking longer than I would prefer—I will remember that no matter how long anything ever takes for me in my lifetime, it will never even come close to the eons of time that God continues to wait for us to fully embrace the love and empathy that our hearts are capable of, thus creating the kind of world that He intended for us from the very beginning.
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