The Psalm 39, 2 talks us about the Orthodox endurance and tells us: „Enduring I endured on the Lord [ὑπομένων ὑπέμεινα τὸν Κύριον] and He hearkened to me [καὶ προσέσχεν μοι] and He heard my prayer [καὶ εἰσήκουσεν τῆς δεήσεώς μου]” [LXX]. And from here we learn that we must endure on the Lord, that we must wait His will with us. For that He give us what we need at the proper time and not before.
Therefore, the Orthodox endurance is a virtue of faith. We expect God’s will with us. We expect in faith His will with us. And in the measure in which we expect His will with us, we grow in purity and holiness. For that the endurance awaits on the Lord, on the One who has mercy of the whole creature.
Saint Alexios, the man of God, waited 17 years at the gate of his father, enduring torments of all kinds. And when he fell asleep piously, then he was shown maker of wonders for all people. For that Saint Alexios endured all for the Lord, fulfilling His commandments.
Sometimes, nor to the Saints are listened, by God, the prayers. Why? In pedagogical mode! For that they to pray and more, to repent and more and, in endurance, to await God’s will. Because He delays the answer, for that our love to work in prayer and in waiting.
I have waited of many times on the Lord and I am waiting on Him. I do not know when, I do not know through whom He will work in my life, but I know that He will work and will work wonderfully. I’m waiting on Him patiently. I know that He will speak to my heart and He will tell me what to do.
Therefore, my endurance is full of love and trust. My endurance is in the Lord. And I know that the fulfillment of my endurance will be full of joy.