We smile at the prayer that says, “Lord, give me patience and give it to me right now!” I’m sure that patience is something that we all occasionally struggle with.
I was in the checkout line at a large store here in town last week. An elderly lady was in front of me, checking out. She was moving very slow. She couldn't find her checkbook. Her glasses kept falling down. She couldn't find her pen in her purse. She was talking about the weather, the traffic and her dog the whole time to the clerk, even though several people were waiting behind her.
I could see the young lady at the cash register. I watched her. She was so patient. She never rolled her eyes or looked at those in line and shrugged her shoulders. The older lady put the wrong figures on her check and had to start all over. But that didn't bother the clerk at all. Not even close. She was the picture of patience.
Finally, it was my turn to check out. I told the clerk, “Hey, I just have to tell you, you were so patient with that customer and I think it’s wonderful.” She looked at me and smiled and said, "Well, all of us are gonna be there someday." I wanted to hug her. I should have.
The scripture says in the book of Ephesians, "Be humble, gentle and patient always." (Ephesians 4: 2) Those of us who are followers of Christ are called to be different. Part of that difference means showing a little patience.
That is what I am praying for today . . . a little more patience. Maybe that is your prayer also.
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