Food for Thought: Patience is a Virtue

Food for Thought: Patience is a Virtue

by Ardith Hoff

Frank wasn't known for his patience, and he had absolutely no use for negative conversations.  When he got a call from his wife during a busy day at work, she talked slowly and didn't seem very upbeat.  Frank interrupted her and exhorted her to be brief and positive. She paused for a moment and then cheerfully replied, "I discovered that the airbags in our new BMW work great!

We could all use a little more patience at times.  We get so caught up in our own priorities that we try to tune everything else out.  I can remember times as a busy mother when I failed to respond when my son or daughter vied for my attention in the midst of something I was tying to accomplish.  By the time I turned to notice whatever they were trying to show me, the moment had passed and it was too late.  I regret those times, and I’m guessing I am not alone.  It might help explain why grandparents always seem to be more patient with our grandchildren than we ever were with their parents. 

Of course it should also be noted that we grandparents are often at a point in our lives when we have less pressing matters to attend to, especially if we are retired.  We also generally have had more life experiences that have taught us a certain amount of humility.  We no longer feel that we have to keep pushing to conquer the world, or whatever part of it we were responsible for.  We have learned that no matter how hard we try, we are not ultimately in charge of our lives.  There are far too many forces that are beyond our control.

Many of us have learned that God has a plan, and that we have to trust Him.  We have to wait on His timing, and trust what it says in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”

“Be patient, therefore, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient.” James 5:7