At one of the vocal music contests during high school, I sang “O Rest in the Lord” from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” As a person maturing in my faith, I wish I had taken the words to heart at age sixteen. “O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
I’m not sure if we are given a dose of patience at our birth or if it something we acquire through practice and life experiences. On a scale of one to ten, I’d say I am a seven. I learned years ago that drawing upon patience is better than reacting to situations I have little control over.
Yesterday, I left my dog Daisy in the car while I ran into Walmart to pick up one item. I slightly opened windows, left her water, and covered the windows, and yet I didn’t feel good about leaving her there. I intentionally chose the checkout station in the garden center, usually the least crowded. However, a woman in front of me had a shopping cart filled with items for her daughter’s new apartment. I almost began to tap my feet as I waited, but I reminded myself becoming stressed over the wait would not get me out the door faster.
Fortunately, Daisy was cool and calm when I returned to the car–more so than I.
Lord, give us patience that will sustain us during stressful times. Amen.