Patience is a virtue. We live in a busy world. People have little time for others. Waiting causes stress and anxiety.
This reminds me of the story of the lonely man who decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So, he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a centipede, which came in a little white box.
He took the box home and decided he would start by taking his new pet to the bar to have a drink. So, he asked the centipede in the box, ‘Would you like to come with me and have a drink?’ But there was no answer. This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and asked him again. There was no answer. He decided to ask him one more time. So, putting his face up against the centipede’s box he shouted: ‘Hey, you in there! Would you like to go to have a drink with me?’ A little voice came out of the box, ‘I heard you the first time! I’m putting my shoes on.’
We can be thankful that God has patience with us. Can you imagine the frustration he must experience when he looks at each of our lives? There may be many times when he has called upon us to do a job for him and we have either ignored his call or chosen not to hear. Yet, the wonderful thing is that he does not give up on us. He doesn’t walk away. We are still precious in his sight and he longs that we come to him. He loves so much that he sent Jesus to lead us into all truth.
Canon Stephen Bradberry