“Have patience, have patience
Don’t be in such a hurry
When you get impatient
You only start to worry
Remember, remember that God is patient, too
Just think of all the times when others
Have to wait for you.”*
Maybe some of you had the privilege of growing up with the children’s book-on-tape (CD for some of you) that included this little song about patience. I don’t remember much of the story, but it had to do with snails that are in a really long line for the circus. I think the kid-snail is getting tired of waiting, so his parents sing him this song. My brother and I used to love singing this song to our parents when they were in a hurry. Especially in traffic.
Why is patience so hard? Because it challenges our control. We would have everything figured out just fine if people and things cooperated with our plans on our time schedule. But most of the time, they don’t. And we don’t have patience.
I think one of the best things I’ve been learning in those moments of frustration (besides singing the “Patience” song) is to remember WHO is really in control, and to leave it in His hands. If God wants it done, He’ll get it done. If He wants it done now, He’ll get it done now. And if He doesn’t, then He probably has a good reason for it, so we can just do our part to the best of our ability, and surrender the rest to our eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God…and know that it’s going to be ok.
Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written and sent out by Andrea Keele on July 3, 2014.
*To hear the “Patience” song, you can hear it at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kn6Z2Mop5I&feature=kp