You've probably heard the phrase, "a watched pot never boils". I didn't understand that for a long time. Now, I realize it is about anticipation and patience. Patience is one of those characteristics that is mentioned many times throughout scripture: Eph 4:2, Gal. 6:9, I Cor. 13:4, Proverbs 15:18 just to name a few.
In times of stress, like we've experienced over the last couple of months, patience seems to be one of the first casualties. Frustration, anxiety, stress, fear, uncertainty- these are all enemies of patience. Have you witnessed this lately? Many of us have. Many of us have seen tempers flare, reactions get out of control, snarky responses, heated confrontations, and the like.
However, we have also witnessed an encouraging phenomenon- we have seen, on occasion, selfless acts of kindness, people going out o their way to create better circumstances for others- strangers. We have seen people offering to pick up, deliver, transport, care for, pay for, leave bigger tips than normal, shop local, offer prayers, share tears, respect others' space, contact, check on, and so on and so on and so on. We've made more phone calls, written more notes, sent more texts and emails- just made a greater effort to be connected.
Patience... maybe that is one of the lessons we can learn from all of this craziness. Funny how it sometimes takes times like these to teach us the simplest lessons... Romans 5: 2-4