Standing in line can be hard. Waiting with patient understanding can be even harder. Especially when the people in front of you <sigh> seem to lack the necessary skills to accomplish their tasks. This was our experience today while we were completing some errands. Several times in fact. Waiting is hard. Waiting patiently is harder. Waiting patiently while still smiling and showing kindness to others is the ultimate goal.
On our last stop, we are in our vehicle waiting in line for the gas pump. Looks like the people in front of us have finished and are ready to move when BOOM. They don't get back in their car. Nope. They began adjusting their belongings in the backseat. Before moving away from the pump. <sigh> My daughter suddenly exclaimed 'OK. Who's been praying for patience? I think, whichever one of you it is, you're getting a lesson today.' The kids giggled and I laughed as we, again, patiently wait for them to finish their adjustments. My daughter looks at me, suddenly smiles. It was one of those happy little God moments for both of us.
Patience is a virtue. Long suffering (that would be patience) is a fruit of the Spirit. Ranting about how long they are taking, making snide comments about their obvious incompetence or just looking at them with distain is not at all fruitful. Patiently and while smiling is the best way to make the most of waiting. Be kind, generous and humble, even when you just want to be finished with your errands. Patience. Yep. It's all because of love.
Ephesians 4:2 MSG
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love."