Clearly the idea of persistence goes along with being patient and persevering in the time of difficulty, which means that it has a negative connotation to many people. Yet, it is often used in a positive way, like when people who have suffered an injury (like a track or football player, or someone who suffered a serious an accident) but through patience and persistence were able to get back into the game. They probably endured a long series of painful treatments and, with unusual perseverance, were able to recover to the point of restoration.
That has been my prayer for a few years now. I realize God can heal me but I also know that he prefers (at least in my case) to work with me. He requires that I do my part to get my health restored. I realize now what kind of effort is required but I am not sure how long it will take. If it takes me many years, I will persist in seeking restoration of my health. It has already taken a few years), and I also realize that every year past 60 the difficulties and issues increase beyond what I had to deal with when I started. If there is a glimmer of hope, I will continue to fight for it. If it comes to the point of being hopeless, I will let it rest and go get a hot fudge sundae–maybe one a day! Unfortunately, it is not hopeless, so I still have to fight-off the urge to engage in gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, especially for a diabetic with a propensity toward overeating. If it weren’t for the fact that I walk a lot and lift weights, I would have to waddle.