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March 24, 2020

Are you a patient person?  Being patient and having patience is something that is harder and harder to have and do.  We are in a society where many want instant gratification and do not have the time to wait (or we think we do not have the time to wait).  We have microwaves, instant access to knowledge (that may not always be right), can order takeout because we do not have the patience to cook a meal (I know, some folks just do not like to cook).  Why read the book when you can see it in a movie?  Sorry, I like to read.  We want things done yesterday, not tomorrow.  It is no wonder that patience is a virtue.
It is amazing to me that I can go fishing and wait and wait and wait until  a fish bites, and if they don’t, at least I got to go fishing 😊  I can call and hear a turkey gobble and call and hear a gobble and wait patiently for a turkey to come in… and if that tom doesn’t. You got it, at least I got to go turkey hunting.  But get caught in a traffic jam and my foot starts tapping, I get nervous because I have to get somewhere, even when I don’t have to get somewhere.
I love gardening but I can’t wait to see the plants come up.  Lori has caught me checking on plants growing…  the day after I planted the seed 😊 That’s why I love buying tomato plants because I get a head start!
I believe that is why these times are so hard on many of us.  We don’t have the patience and we want answers.  We want it to end yesterday not tomorrow and definitely cannot deal with the unseen future.  Maybe we all need to slow down a little bit and see what we have been taking for granted.
How do we wait for God?  We wait with patience.  The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior, which means “to suffer.”  Henry Nouwen wrote: “Waiting patiently is not like waiting for the bus to come, the rain to stop, or the sun to rise.  Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants.  Waiting patiently for God includes expectation.”  This expectation can be filled with joy, yes joy, because we know that God will take what is happening and out of it will come great things.  We just have to believe, which is the hard part along with being patient.
All through the Gospels Jesus tells us to keep awake and stay alert because God has and is and will do great things.  Paul says, “Brothers and sisters…  the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up… The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so, let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light” (Romans 13:11-12).
When we focus on the darkness, we so often fail to see the light!  The expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises to us is what allows us to pay full attention to the road on which we are walking.  God’s promise is that God will never leave us or forsake us.  God is with us.  We just need to be patient and believe and trust.
God, help me to plant that small seed of faith that I have, and may it grow so large that I have no room for doubt.  Amen.

About Rev. Bud Budzinski

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