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I am in a season where God is working on my patience; or lack thereof 🙂 You know the kind where no one ever seems to be moving fast enough? Yep; the kids, the husband, the car in front of you, the cashier, the customer in front of you with 15 coupons and five price checks….
Well I was driving home yesterday trying to beat Friday afternoon rush ‘hour’ traffic and God said “Look at how calm you are”. And I realized that I was actually enjoying my commute home. I had scheduled to meet someone and I had given myself as much time as I needed. I realized three things about what we consider to be impatience.
Lack of Planning – impatient people mis-manage the control of their time and then want to control how other people move. We don’t leave the house on time and therefore have no buffer for the what ifs along the way. We schedule appointments and commit to events back to back barely giving ourselves time to move from one thing to another. So God forbid if someone is asking too many questions or someone stops you because they are in need…we say “Lord, I don’t have time for this”.
Bad listening skills – some of us cut people off when they are speaking or even if we don’t, we can’t wait for them to shut up so we can speak. You see, we want to have our say. Perhaps we feel that what we have to say is more important? If we strive to catch ourselves when we do this we’ll see our patience in conversations improve. Make a note while they are speaking about what you want to say so you don’t forget it, and then give them your undivided attention.
Trusting God (or not) – some of us are downright impatient because we don’t have all of our trust in God. We are even impatient with Him! If He were to give us EVERYTHING that He has for us we would surely buckle under the enormity of it. Success is on the way for some of us, but God knows until He works on our pride, humility and our love for Him, we wouldn’t know how to handle it.
God is a God of impeccable timing and rhythm and He is precisely accurate in ALL that He does. Don’t let anything come out of you that is premature!
Lastly, as brothers and sisters we can be impatient with each other. Especially when people aren’t turning their lives around as fast as we think that they should. Who was patient with you? Someone tarried with you until you saw the light. Your process might have been shorter than someone else, but stay encouraging and listening and being there; God will tell you when you’re done.
Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against such things. (we can never have too much of these) 🙂
Don’t second guess the voice of God….
God communicates with us in so many ways. First and foremost, the beauty of it is that He wants to communicate with us. For some of us it is a feeling we get, perhaps an inkling, or we hear Him, or the usually ‘something’ told me. Well, the Holy Spirit is not a ‘thing’ or an ‘it’, but He does communicate with us. The trick is to be sensitive to the voice of God.
About five months ago I was leaving my office to go in the field to do some work. I had the thought to grab two pens, but I figured that I didn’t need two and I grabbed the one that had the most ink. Well, when I got out there, my partner forgot his pen and needed one. Needless to say, had I grabbed the two pens that the Holy Spirit was leading me to grab, we would not have been scrambling for another pen. Read the rest of this entry »