I don’t know about you, but I have found – and so too, my wife – that life today seems to have so many loose ends. I much prefer to have a tidier life, but that seems to be a thing of the past. Yes, life in general is so much more complicated today (our many toys probably don’t help either!). And even the many things that one could, years ago, almost take for granted are also now frustrating.
For example, it wasn’t that long ago that one could send something in the mail to a local address and trust that it would arrive the next day – but not anymore. For example, it wasn’t that long ago that you could talk to someone on the phone about a problem or visit them in their business – but not anymore. For many large businesses it is almost impossible to talk to someone, and even after waiting in a queue for 20 minutes or so. For example, I have started receiving mail from various organisations that I cancelled a long time ago, and will have to contact them all over again to tell them that I don’t need to receive their email – but all of this takes time and all of it can be a massive test of your patience. And I could go on and on and on… What about you?
So, when I read in the Holy Scriptures that love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4) and that the Holy Spirit given to all believers in Christ is to show himself in patience (Cf. Galatians 5:22), and how one shouldn’t be quick to get angry (Cf. James 1:19), I am greatly challenged!
And when I start thinking about being patient, I remember how patient God has been with me in waiting for me to turn back to him (2 Peter 3:9) – it took me 30 years! – and also how patient he is with my bit–by–bit growth in holiness. Yes, when I remember these truths, I find that as one of his children, I can be patient. But it is testing…. certainly refining.
Our advances in technology might be great, but they – and their abuse – have contributed to things being much more complicated these days, and yet they are opportunities to show the patience that only God’s people should be able to muster.
O Lord, please help us to show that we indeed are your children, through the loving–kindness and the loving–patience we show to others (and especially after waiting a long time on the phone!), as it certainly doesn’t come naturally…. to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.