Monday, August 17, 2009

A Good Reason to be Patient

Have you ever asked yourself why God wants us to be patient? It's so hard sometimes, right? Well, the following story is an example of why we should listen to him even when its not easy.

As I was driving out of my apartment complex today, this slow poke was driving in front of me and I was getting annoyed. Instead of blowing my horn and yelling (aka road rage), I just sat there in total frustration. Then, he went over a speed bump at 0 miles per hour. Then he completely stopped and I felt my blood boiling, then suddenly, he stuck his head out of the window and said to me, "Your hood is open! Its not closed." So I said something like, "oh no, thank you!" I double parked and checked the hood, and he was right! My hood was definitely opened! I pushed it shut and got back in the car and thanked him again.

Now there is an important lesson in this story. First of all, neither me nor my husband opened my hood recently, so my guess is that it was probably like that since I got an oil change at the beginning of this month! Can you just imagine what could have happened if it flew up while I was driving, cracking my windshield and potentially causing harm to me or an accident with someone else! God is SOOOO good and he teaches us when we least expect it.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

If you struggle in this area, I hope this story will encourage you to be patient when something isn't going your way because God may be protecting you from harm or making a path for a huge blessing in your life. When we aren't patient, we could be blocking our blessing and putting ourselves in harms way! I know I may be making a big deal out of such a small story, but I just thought it was the perfect example of why we obey God when he tells us to be patient...even when it doesn't make sense to us. Proverbs 3:5-6 : Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Thank you God for your saving grace and unlimited favor!

In Jesus Name,