The Gift of Longsuffering
WAIT ! Can I Exchange That ?
A woman admitted to me the other day that there is one Gift of the Spirit that she struggles with in particular.
The Gift of: Longsuffering. As she said– “HOW is that a Gift?”
But Gift is how God lists it in the Scriptures, so Gift it must be.
So, together, let’s try to unwrap this Gift so we can see more clearly it’s true beauty and melody it can have for our lives instead of fear and dread.
And NO—you can’t exchange it. After all, each Gift of Longsuffering has been specially and individually chosen for each of us—unlike anyone else’s by our Heavenly Father Himself. He made it just for you—one of a kind and unique.
Let us discover the true joy and blessing of the Gift of Longsuffering that each of us has been given so we can truly treasure its beauty and melodious impact on our lives and those lives around us.
Stop trying to exchange it
Perhaps if we stopped trying to:
- exchange it
- give it back, or
- swap it with someone else
we would each of us see the beauty of the gift sooner. Embrace it, hug our Heavenly Father for His Utmost Wisdom and Generosity in choosing THAT particular Gift of Longsuffering for you and for me.
The definition of longsuffering includes words such as patience, even-tempered, and forbearance.
It was while further researching definitions of even these word that a new revelation hit me.
Longsuffering–4 most common symbolism
- I’m sure most of you have heard the expression “He is the Potter, I am the Clay.” Well, I don’t know about you—but that one tends to make me squirm with all that squashing of the clay, molding and sometimes even punching it to shape it properly.
- Or, how about the “Diamond in the Rough”? Again, cutting, and rubbing roughly to make it shine.
- Or, the “Tapestry” of your life with all the knots underneath the cloth and the gorgeous threads and design on the upper side? Again, a sharp needle poking up and down, cutting of threads and knots of beginnings, dead ends, and conclusions.
But as I stumbled on this one definition of the words—temper and temperance—the singer in me rejoiced and is grabbing a hold of this definition.
With this one I hope to be able to graciously and more willingly accept my Gift of Longsuffering and even embrace it and allow God to finish the fine tuning of the song of my life.
4. A Musical Symbolism–
What do I mean?
The words “temper” and “temperament” are also musical terms used in reference to tuning musical instruments—in particular, the piano.
Instantly I visualized the tuning fork being struck and its soft melodious tone emitting into the air as another Hand pressed a piano key. Do they sound the same? Is the piano in tune? Or does it need some tweaking and adjusting? Does the piano wire need tightening or loosening?
As more keys are pressed down—does it flow smoothly and musically or chunky, dull, thudding sounding or sharp and hard for the ear to tolerate?
It is vitally important for ALL the keys to be in tune WITH each other. The whole scale including the flats and sharps (which on the piano occur at regular intervals) must work together. Just as the highs and lows of our own lives occur at regular intervals.
Sometimes fast, sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes slow—but as the Master Pianist plays the ivory and black notes of your life—even the flats and sharps, when taken all together in the context of the completed musical composition is—well—beautiful.
Listen to the symphony
Next time you hear a musical composition—especially if there is just the musical sound of a keyboard–
- close your eyes
- and listen
Listen to the flow of notes. The ups and downs, the sharps, the flats, and soak in the melody.
Now breathe, relax, and let God finish the tuning of your life “piano” keys so He can sit down and play the notes of your life in the beautiful musical composition that He has written for you, just for you, about you.
Wow—what a Gift!! The Gift of Longsuffering !!