Patience is an acquired attribute. The serving order for lunch at WASI is by table number. There are nine tables. If table one is called first, table nine must wait. I am not a patient person. Depending what is going on that day, I would like to eat and run. That is not always possible. So I have learned to wait. Others just spend the time complaining.
It is God’s design that we should be patient. We have been brought up in a generation where everything is immediate. I want it and I want it now. God says wait. Be patient.
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:7-8)
The food we eat is patiently grown over a period of time. It is planted, cultivated, watered, and nurtured, and then harvested. Then and only then is it ready to be eaten.
That is the beauty of patience. Patience makes us appreciate whatever we are waiting for even more.
Take time today to cultivate the habit of patience.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001