2 Thessalonians 3:5 says “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
steadfastness in ESV = patient waiting in KJV = ὑπομονή (hoop-om-on-ay) in Greek =
cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy: enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).
I think of cheerful endurance/the steadfastness of Christ as some beautiful combination of:
heaven wrapping around you
the solidity and reliability of a deeply rooted tree
feeling sometimes like an invisible, half person
enduring but not escaping
waiting with patience
knowing there’s beauty that isn’t outlined in black out there somewhere
asking when and how long?
cheerful endurance isn’t easy.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.