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PATIENCE

MAGGIE SEIBERT

Psalm 27:14

Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.

Impatience plagues us as the human race. We go through the drive-thru and get upset if we wait more than 5 minutes for a cheeseburger. We get road rage if the granny in the Buick ahead of us is driving 20 mph beneath the speed limit. It could also be that you’re impatient to finish your schooling and you feel like if you were finally done then life could truly begin. Or you keep asking God for a significant other and he or she is still nowhere to be found. We have our agendas for each day, and even for the next few years, and if they don’t happen we get impatient or upset. But God usually has a different and better agenda than we could ever imagine.

In James 4:13-14 God tells the impatient people, the over-planners, that we are just vapors who appear for a little while and then vanish away. Life is so short. God wants us to be completely present in whatever circumstance he places us. We need to start looking at every situation as a gift from God. For instance, you’re standing in a long line at the grocery store and you just want to get out of there. Instead of stewing about it, ask God who he wants you to love in that situation, and most likely there will be someone in front of you who needs you to show them God’s love. The more impatient we are the more selfish we become and the less we notice those around us. Be present. Be patient. Let God work through you.

QUESTION 1. Are you someone plagued by impatience? Over the rest of the day make a mental note of any situation in which you become impatient. You may be surprised by how often it happens.
QUESTION 2. Is it hard to think about relinquishing your plans to God? Are you afraid of what He might have you do?
CHALLENGE: Don’t let impatience get in the way of God’s divine and beautiful plan for your present situation. Wake up every day and say to God, “Today is your day, what do you have for me? Who do you want me to love?”