“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience . . .” Galatians 5:22
Lately, I have noticed how impatient I am. The other day, I was driving home—it was rush hour traffic and I planned to drive the back roads so I would miss the traffic, but there were police cars blocking them, so I had to drive the Highway, knowing full well that when I got to the intersection, I would have to wait for several light changes before I could make the left turn. One light change, two light changes then three light changes and I was feeling very inpatient. Then the thought came to my mind, “Does it really matter—in light of eternity?” “Why don’t’ you pray for the people in the truck ahead of you?”
When I began to pray for the people in the truck ahead of me, the time went fast and soon I was able to make the left hand turn and was home in a few minutes.
Lord, when I think about it, I wonder why I was in such a hurry? I don’t have kids waiting for me at home anymore. I guess I am still habitually busy like I was when the children were still at home, when we had the farm, when our parents were sick, when we were in full time ministry, etc., etc. But now my life has slowed down —I have more time to enjoy life —but sometimes I forget, Lord. Slow me down Lord! Help me be calm, relax and enjoy my day – my husband, my family, my friends, my neighbors, and the people I meet. I need the Holy Spirit to control my life and produce patience every moment of the day. Amen.