“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 (Corinthians 13:4-5)
Having to be patient has never been a very desirable situation for anyone, there’s something really satisfying about getting an immediate response to our action, especially if it’s positive. Even if the response is negative we seem to prefer it to waiting as it allows us to have certainty.
Having to wait on the other hand leaves us in limbo, without certainty and in a ‘grey area’. There are very few people who are completely comfortable finding themselves in grey areas. The problem is as much as technology has allowed us to speed things up, life is resistant to being sped up.
We all have to wait at some point; whether it’s waiting to be old enough to drive, waiting 9 months for a baby to develop, or waiting for an injury to heal, life takes time and if we don’t learn the virtue of patience we will rob ourselves of the joy in life. The verse above points to love as the epitome of patience – maybe by being more patient we can bring more love in to the world, isn’t that something that is sorely needed?
Dear God, we are blessed by the patience you have shown us, despite our pride and selfishness and we ask that you might show us how to be more patient with the people around us. Help us to walk alongside them through their difficult stages and allow us to see that without inclusive communities we all lose out. We need each other, please give us the patience needed to stick together. Amen.