The history of transportation shows us an important truth about humanity. Human beings are not patient. The primary goal of “advancements” in transportation is to get us where we want to go faster. If you think about it, there could have been other goals.
- A goal of accessibility would have led to greater development of public transportation
- A goal of environmental stewardship would have led to cleaner burning energy
- A goal of social engagement would have led to less isolated forms of travel
But our greatest desire is to get where we’re going faster. We are impatient.
Standing in line in the grocery store or being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic drives us nuts! The bottom line is we don’t like waiting. But what if waiting had something to teach us, even in these circumstances?
This excerpt of Kresta in the Afternoon explores the value of waiting with author Jeannie Ewing:
God is our ultimate example of patience. He is long-suffering and patient with us. He lovingly waits for human kind to repent and stop destroying ourselves. The patience and mercy we need to show others should mirror the patience and mercy God shows us.
Lean into patience by looking at life through God’s time-table.
I choose to show love to others by having a gentle and patient spirit with them. I don’t always find the people around me easy to do with, but I realize that having patience with them is one way to show them the love of Jesus.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3, RSV
To be patient often means controlling our emotions. Sometimes I’m tempted to believe that my emotions “just happen,” that they cannot be controlled. But I can choose to “put on” patience, just like I choose what shirt to wear each day. Today I will choose patience.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13, RSV
It feels like I am waiting for so much in my life! I’m waiting for prayers to be answered. I’m waiting for my children to learn the lessons of civility, good behavior and faith. I’m waiting for my own stubborn heart to open to the love of God. Sometimes I feel like giving up. But today I choose a firm and steady attitude of patience. I know when I plant seeds of patience I will reap a heavenly reward. I will wait on Him and trust Him and receive the blessings He has for me. Most importantly, I will be steadfast in my quest for holiness.
“And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:11-12, RSV
I choose to be strong through the power of patience. When I show patience I am an example of the strength and endurance that comes through my walk of faith with the Holy Spirit.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:11-12, RSV