For all of us at some point in time, this is a word that will make us angry, frustrated and rebellious. What if we don't want to be patient? Why can't we just get on with the business at hand? Why must we WAIT? A quote by Franklin tells us "He that can have patience can have what he will." Whether we like it or not, patience = waiting.
Allowing a thought, action or idea to "marinate" (to use a cooking term). When you marinate food, you allow all the ingredients to sit together for a while and create a totally new taste. If we take our time with our decisions and/or actions, and pray about them, God will help us see the big picture. How will this affect others? How will it affect me? Is this really the best course of action? While you may never answer all the questions, you can at least be at the point where you are following the path God lays before you.
"He will give eternal life to those who patiently do the will of God..."Romans 2:7