One of the most precious virtues that one can ever have is patience. Ironically, we sometimes want to fast-forward our lives but in doing so, we miss out on the beautiful details that make up our stories.

Joel & Carolyn’s wedding was quite special to me because it was a testament on how the blessings of God are never late nor are they early–they are always on time. Carolyn was that proverbial “Last Sibling Standing”. She is the youngest of five siblings and for a time, it seemed that the idea of romance was farthest from her mind.

Sometimes you have that feeling when everything is doing okay in your life and you’re perfectly happy living the life you’ve been blessed with.  And then, all of a sudden, God gently lays something (or someone) on your lap and says, “Here. Just so you’re reminded that I love you.”

Joel was that gift. And in many ways, Carolyn was also the same for Joel.

After getting to know each other, the two decided to put God in the center of their relationship and that, as they say, is history. No regrets. No looking back.

I realized that in relationships, the blessings of the authorities in our lives are invaluable. God uses the people who look over us to speak wisdom, guidance and love over our lives. And when the parents of Joel and Carolyn approved, it was a “match made in heaven”–a love story worth telling to their future children and grandchildren.

In the Psalms, the author says, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Waiting on the Lord might mean a lot of difficult things. It might mean saying “No” to a good thing and at times it might even mean saying “No” to something even better.

All because God wants us to have the best.

When you are in a conversation with the Almighty and He asks you to wait, the command is not borne out of a heart of a cosmic killjoy but from a heart of a Loving Father.

May you find joy in the waiting process–whatever or whoever it is you are waiting for. But when it comes to that one person you’ll be spending the rest of your life with, waiting is not only essential but also worth it.