I read this remarkable post from John Piper about Benjamin Warfield and his life. Piper quotes in his article:
Benjamin B. Warfield was a world-renowned theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary for almost 34 years until his death on February 16, 1921. Many people are aware of his famous books, like The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. But what most people don’t know is that in 1876, at the age of twenty-five, he married Annie Kinkead and took a honeymoon to Germany. During a fierce storm Annie was struck by lightning and permanently paralyzed. After caring for her for thirty-nine years Warfield laid her to rest in 1915. Because of her extraordinary needs, Warfield seldom left his home for more than two hours at a time during all those years of marriage. (Great Leaders of the Christian Church, 344.)
That’s amazing patience, especially in a day when we want it our way, right away. It’s a good reminder that patience is something the Lord values greatly. How many times do we read in Scripture about those who wait on the Lord, exhortations to wait, and instruction about how to wait? Seems like a theme to me. I wonder what it is about patience that the Lord prizes so much? What does our patience reveal about Him, and our relationship to Him?