I believe it was Thoreau who said, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” I agree wholeheartedly with this quote because I am certain that there is a strong correlation between heroism and patience. In this week before Easter, many of us find ourselves in a situation that has thoroughly tested and tried our fortitude. For nearly a month now, we’ve practiced social distancing in an effort to defeat an invisible enemy that has turned our lives upside down. If you’re anything like me, there have been a number of times when my resolve has been thoroughly stretched in embracing this new normal, and I’ve found that forbearance and endurance have been my saving grace.
My friend, if ever there is a time to practice patience, it’s now. In seasons like these, the true test of character is not a positive outlook at the start, it’s a willingness to maintain a position of joy and faith, even as the road grows long. For our Savior, the journey to Calvary was not short, nor was it without extreme pain and peril, yet He persisted. The Lord carried His cross until the work was finished, and you and I must do the same. Though it might mean enduring disappointment, giving up things we’ve long been looking forward to, and dealing with feelings of sadness or isolation, we will prevail with the Holy Spirit’s help. In Jesus, every difficulty is resurrected to reveal a divine destiny and every problem is transformed into possibility!