Peaceful patience has to be one of the greatest challenges I face in life. Maintaining a sense of peace while I wait sometimes seems impossible. Yet, we are called to do just this as we present our petitions to God and wait on what we consider to be His answer to our prayer, while hoping for our desire to be fulfilled.
It is very difficult to "be still" when that minute hand on the clock is turning and the day is passing and whatever you're waiting for is screaming "NOW." I believe that is why patience is indeed a virtue. Many things worth having require some effort to achieve; however, sometimes our efforts achieve absolutely nothing of value. In fact, frustration is what we experience when we feel like something is taking too long or, even worse, doesn't happen at all.
I'm learning to pray for peace along with my patience, since both are fruits of the Spirit. God provides both and my hope is in Him. Since I will often have to wait, I have no desire to spend that time stressing out.
We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.
Romans 8:24-25 (PHILLIPS)