Monday, 12 May 2014

I’m In a Hurry Lord

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 NIV

There are times when I think that if I looked up the definition of the word “impatient” in the dictionary my name would somehow be attached.  Booting up my computer seems to take forever; the one minute setting on the microwave seems to take three to complete; it takes too long for the weekend to come; I usually click my mouse before I’ve finished reading the small print; it seems like winter never leaves; why do I have to go through 20 automated questions before I get to talk to a real person?; and why are the speeds on the freeway reduced for construction when obviously there is no one is working?

I’m just getting warmed up but I think you get the picture.  I multi-task, thinking I get more done in a shorter period of time and get frustrated when my routine gets broken.  Too often I’m looking ahead to the next pleasant event and missing what is happening today.  I have been stupid enough to even be critical of God’s plan of “free will” because I want to be sanctified now!

My goal shouldn’t be moving through life’s events more quickly, particularly at my age.  My guess is that if the Lord had wanted to create the earth in one day He could have but He took seven (literally or figuratively).   I have asked the Lord to make me more patient, after all it is a Fruit of the Spirit.  My fear is that He is answering my prayer by making my life a learning laboratory. What better way of teaching me to be more patient than to drive me to the end of myself by frustrating me with opportunities to be more patient?   I need to slow down instead of thoughtlessly reacting to situations yet never learning from them.  I need to take time to reflect on my responses and observe the consequences of my actions and choices.  I need to be able to say, “This is a day that the Lord has made, let me rejoice and be glad in it.”

The Fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, love, patience, peace and self-control.  For those who are born again believers we receive all nine characteristics at the moment we receive the Holy Spirit.  You will notice that “Fruit of the Spirit” is singular, it is not fruits.   However I do not believe we develop them in equal measure.  My guess is, that like me, you have at least one Fruit of the Spirit that needs cultivating. 


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