This originally appeared as a weekly devo on whillschurch.org.
Right now – I’m waiting on a guy who was supposed to be at my house at 3.30pm to haul off a broken refrigerator. It’s 4.22pm. He called at 3.45pm to tell me he was 20 minutes out. It’s now 4.22pm. I’m supposed to be somewhere else at 5 to pick up a new fridge (new to me, anyway) and then be back by 6 for something else.
So it looks like I’ll be late there and make them irritable and impatient like I am right now.
It’s a vicious cycle.
I’ve always been this way.
Christmas – what kid isn’t impatient for that one. That’s a freebie, right?
Birthday – another obvious one. That’s an excused impatient date as well.
Football season – if you were an Alabama fan, you’d understand.
Fishing – my grandmother would tell me as we sat on the dock for hours – ‘this is why they call it fishing and not catching.’ I had no idea what that meant at the time.
Doctors and Dentists – nobody wants to be there in the first place and then they make you wait.
Fast food lines – I’ll never understand people who stand in line at a food place then don’t know what they want when they get to the counter. Besides that, most of these places haven’t changed their menu in 100 years.
School pick up and drop off – don’t ask me why it is so important to watch your kid walk all the way into the school from your car. Every. Single. Day. Video it. It’s not that hard. Drive up. Slow down. Push them out. Drive on. Simple.
Construction in Topeka – why must every road traveling east-west on the south end of town be under construction at the same time???
I could add more to the list with out much thought. Stoplights, roundabouts, drivers who stop instead of yield, drivers who yield instead of go when you enter the mall parking lots, ordering online, my kids, other people’s kids, writing…
Other people’s spiritual transformation…
My own spiritual transformation…
People don’t mature at a pace that I like. I want them to get ‘it’ faster than they do. I want them to make wise, spiritually mature decisions earlier in their life. Right now.
Here is the irony – God is just as patient with my impatience as He is with their issues. And my issue of impatience IS an issue. So while I am irritable in this moment, God is working in me and on me.
God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. Romans 2:4, The Message
It is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. Kind is always soft. But it is kind. Maybe the lesson here is to spread the kindness.
I left the house to get the fridge (Craigslist) at 4.30. Got home at 6.30. Fridge was in house at 7.30. Got everything done at 8.45. God’s funny, isn’t He?
Have I mentioned that I also have perfectionist tendencies?