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Impatience causes us to jump a queue, being inconsiderate with those who patiently wait. Has it been illegal immigration? buying at the supermarket? getting a promotion? Do distraction and fear that others get ahead of us make us jump the queue with unpleasant tactics and reactions?
Has life made us so impatient that we cannot wait in queue anymore?
Psalm 37: 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
We fret and covet the positions which others have achieved by evil design and action. When due to our impatience and insistence the Lord allows us to be promoted, we find the job has opened a can of worms which we have had to clear up. We have had to learn patience in the process and fortitude against the slings and arrows of misfortune. We then ask the Lord why this mess? Would it not have been better if I waited for promotion after the mess had been cleared up?
Waiting in queue to buy food… patience till when it came to my turn when the item I wanted had run out. Can you praise the Lord you did not have the last piece I was aiming for after I heard the Lord spared me from diarrhoea which my friend ahead of me told me about?
May the Lord help me to wait my turn – “to be there for such a time as this” and to be faithful to the cause till it is the Lord’s time for me to step up.