July 10: Patience

“You see farmers do this all the time,
waiting for their valuable crops to mature,
patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work.
Be patient like that.
Stay steady and strong.”
from James 5:7-12

I hurry to church on a Sunday morning and needlessly hurry my boys as if there is a time limit on eating a meal.  I grow anxious wondering what is, what will be, what I am to do and why, misunderstanding the meaning of faith.  As I witness and endure this human fallibility, I am reminded that “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…” (Ephesians 4:2), I will regain my focus and I will act today thoughtfully and compassionately knowing “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  I act today because it is right, not because of a promise.

How much I have missed by moving quickly toward ends with little meaning?  Even when seemingly enjoying the beauty of the mountainside on a picturesque hike, I wander in thought aimlessly focused on the immediate, the superficial.  This tree, with untold wisdom, stopped me in my tracks reminding me that this life requires courage, gratitude and forgiveness. With patience, the beauty of this life will renew my purpose, my faith, giving meaning to why I am here now. We cannot hurry to know God.

Reflection and photo by Paul LaMarca

As you go about your day, keep your eyes open.
What does “Patience” look like to you? 
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