Good morning. It is Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Gorgeous clear morning today.
Do you struggle with impatience? I do. I am much better than when I was a young mother for instance. I am even much improved from a year ago, but still not where I should be. That was reinforced this morning as I was driving.
Everything was going fine for the first 15 minutes. No cars in front of me, singing along with one of my CD's. (I am learning Who You Say I am) Then, there in front of me a truck, towing a trailer with a very large tractor on it, pulled out in front of me.
I thought ok, I'm good but "Please don't turn on the next road; please don't turn on the next road." Guess what? He turned on my road. We were traveling only 25 miles per hour and I could feel my impatience growing.
"Why would you pull out when you saw me coming?" Why can't you pull over if you are not going to travel the speed limit?" The thoughts and questions kept flooding my mind when suddenly I heard two voices; thoughts if you prefer. The first was my pastor who just last week asked me if I knew the definition of impatience. The answer "selfishness." The second, that still small voice, encouraged me to "just enjoy the scenery."
As I embraced the idea of looking around at God's beauty I spotted two gorgeous horses. They were white with very large red spots on them. They were grazing in their pasture and they looked so content. The scene was really beautiful!
Back to Pastor's definition of "impatient." He said being impatient is telling others "my time is more important than yours."
Impatience is selfishness in action. It is putting me ahead of others. It is imposing my will into the scenario. It is saying to others you need to do what I say when I say it and give me what I want when I want it!
What does the Bible say about patience?
Jesus certainly showed what patience looks like. He is still very patient with you and me!
1 Timothy 1:16 ESV "But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life."
Jesus, always our example, showed extreme patience. He wants us also to be patient with one another. There is so much in the next two texts. We are told how to act and react to each other: with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and forgiveness.
Colossians 3:12-13 ESV "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."
Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Kindness: the quality or state of being kind (there is scientific evidence on the benefits of being kind)
Humility: a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.
Meekness: the fact or condition of being meek; submissiveness.
Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. (HELLO Jeanette!)
Forgiveness: to give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish someone for an offense or fault; pardon.
In the past I have told myself how lucky I am that my 25 minute drive to work is mostly on a two-lane road, filled with trees and rivers and wildlife, birds AND very few cars. My nephew once told me his commute of 25 miles often took 1 and 1/2 hours, or more, in bumper to bumper traffic! I guess I just needed a little reminder this morning.
I want to be more like those two horses I saw this morning, content where I am, and with what God has give me. I pray your day is blessed; that God gives you enough and that we all show patience and love to one another
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9