Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Packing Our Patience

This week, I am flying in the WLBT helicopter doing traffic reports for morning commuters. I flew in the helicopter for 7 years and saw many sights of traffic tie-ups and what-not during that time. But this morning, I saw a unique commuter--someone driving a front-end loader/back-hoe down the interstate. The driver was in the far right lane and had that machine wide open, but it was still going 35 or 40 miles per hour--a bit slow considering the speed limit is 70. During the morning rush hour, the timing could not have been any worse. Although we were hovering at 800 feet above it all, I could practically see the steam coming out of drivers' ears and hear the swear words they were invoking on the machine driver!

How many times have we grown impatient over something in our life? I will admit, I like things done on what my husband calls "Barbie time". You know what that means--things done when I want them done and how I want them done. And if they don't get done, I'll do them myself! But God doesn't always work on "Barbie time". Psalm 37:34 says, "I won't be impatient for the Lord to act. I will keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season He will honor me with every blessing." This means God honors patience; He honors the faith we put in Him that He will see us through whatever it is we are facing.

Being a Christian, many times we have to pack our patience with us when we head out on life's highway. Have you packed yours today?


mayberry said...

I am the queen of impatience. During one of my most trying hours, God led me to this verse "Be strong, take heart and wait on the Lord." My heart has reminded me of this verse over and over again throughout the last decade and I know now that God's timing is perfect. It makes being patient easier - knowing how worth it it will be.

John said...

Ok Barbie, I have never been pregnant, (if I ever am I think I will retire), but I have been around plenty of women that have been and I have never been in a helicopter. I have heard that they are a very rough ride. Seems like a bad combination. Be careful, OK.