Read Psalm 40
Focus on verse 1-3
Perhaps you have heard of the person whose prayer for patience sounded something like this; “Lord give me patience but please hurry because I really need it right now!” Waiting is never easy, but it can be made easier if we find something to distract our attention to pass the time. Digital devices tend to be the popular choice to pass the time away in our current culture. The question as to whether this is a healthy distraction will be left for you to discuss in the comments below.
It would also seem that there is something virtuous about patience…there must be or God would not give us so many opportunities to practice it. One of the places that it is most difficult for me to practice patience is when I am driving. Judging from the way I see other drivers behave on the roads in our community I am guessing I am not alone in this struggle.
I find it ironic that when the technological advances of the digital age first began to become popular, one of the marketing lines that we were fed was how much time the computer was going to save us. I now have several computers and other handheld devices, and I am still waiting for all that time it supposedly saving me. What I have found is that with the potential increase in productivity that these advances bring, I am now busier than I ever have been attempting to keep all these gadgets up to date and operating, as they should.
There was brief span of time during our most recent move where we found ourselves without Wi-Fi access in our home. Surprisingly, there were no casualties, but we did realize how dependent we have become on being “connected” to the World Wide Web.
Perhaps the reason the Lord desires to teach us patience is that it is in the times that we step away from the rat race that we remember to take time to reflect on what is really important. When we make the effort to slow our pace, catch our breath and stop hurrying through life, we begin to notice the little things God does around us that so often go unnoticed: the tiny flower beside the sidewalk, the smell of the lilacs as we walk from the house to the car, a sunrise, or a starlit sky. When we practice patience we realize we do not have to become annoyed with the teller at the grocery store who is still learning how to use the cash register, or the driver in front of us who doesn’t immediately speed away from a stoplight. When we practice patience the world becomes a friendlier and more peaceful place. Perhaps that is why God encourages us to practice patience…because it ultimately helps us to enjoy life more fully.