Patience Is A Virtue.
The above maxim has been heard by my wife, children, and myself so much that when anyone utters the word “Patience” we find ourselves muttering, “is a virtue.”
Having patience is hard enough, but in this world of instantaneous communication and gratification it is downright impossible. I just returned from my doctor’s office where the whole process is a test of patience. I was on time, but the doctor is running late. They take you back at the precise moment you are about to walk out, only to have the nurse wonder why your blood pressure is elevated. You disrobe, and once again you are asked to wait in a sterile room. I could go on and on, but I can assure you mediation doesn’t work so well in an open-backed robe that wouldn’t fully cover my two-year old granddaughter.
God also asks us to be patient. We are charged up after a successful Lent ready to save the world, but for some reason we don’t see the burning bush, speak in tongues, or have an Epiphany. Yet we are told to be “patient” to “wait for God to reveal his purpose.” This goes against our impatient grain, yet every time I think about getting up and leaving the room a flicker of a message appears, often in ways I never expected. As Easter season begins we are counseled to be patient. God will not let your gifts be wasted, it may just not be the way we think, hope, or plan.
If you feel yourself losing patience, remember like a good parent God is patient with us, more than we deserve. Besides patience is a virtue.