“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

My friend Paula wears a beautiful prayer box on a bracelet. Inside the box is a single word: Stay. “I wear it to remind myself to stay when I’m uncomfortable with my life circumstances or feelings,” she explained. “I want to be able to see things through, and not run away.” What a powerful stance to take in life.

Henri Nouwen, the late Catholic priest and writer said, “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” When we face difficult times, we can have patience. We can stay. We can see things through. We can rest assured that God is working to ensure that things will work to the good. (Romans 8:28)

We are reminded that in times of trouble, we are to be constant in prayer and to have hope. We are to stay. We are to wait patiently, knowing that God’s work is being done. We will be rewarded for our patience. We will be richly blessed. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

Before recovery, we ran from hard times. We numbed out with our addiction. Now, we can practice patience and stay. We can allow times of trials and tribulation to polish us so that we gleam for God’s glory.