In John Bunyan's classic allegory Pilgrim's Progress, Christian stops by the house of the Interpreter. In one of the rooms, Christian encounters two children. Their names are Patience and Passion. Patience is sitting quietly in a chair. Passion, on the other hand, is very restless and angry. Christian asks the Interpreter about the children. He learns the children have been told they have to wait until the beginning of the year in order to receive the best the governor of them has to offer. Patience is willing to wait. However, Passion wants everything now.
At that moment, in order to pacify Passion, someone rushes in with a bag of treasure and pours it at Passion's feet. Passion is delighted. He even begins to make fun of Patience. Within a short time, however, all of Passion's treasure is gone and he has nothing but left but the rags he's wearing.
I have to confess that far too often I am like Passion. I want everything to happen right now. Does anyone else find themselves in a similar situation?
I've been pretty impatient lately. I want it to hurry up and be the end of August so my treatment will be over. I want it to be September so I can finally start getting a real paycheck or even a paycheck now that summer is here (I've been on medical leave since February). I want my hair to hurry up and come back. It's been gone since March. I want to get back into the classroom again. I want...I want... Our list of demands never seems to end.
That's when I need to remember I have a Heavenly Father who knows what I really need and he knows exactly when I need it. I can be like Passion and demand what I think is important right now. God may even let me have it if I am persistent enough but is that what I really need? Or, I can choose to be like Patience. When my Heavenly Father tells me no or tells me I need to wait I can cheerfully accept that he knows best. When the time is right, he will give me everything I really need. In the meantime, I can sit at his feet and learn the lessons he wants to teach me while I'm waiting and behave like a Princess of God. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. James 1:4 (AMP)
I had forgotten about those two children. What a great lesson to be reminded of. It truly takes great patience to wait on the Lord and be in sinc with His timetable.
Sort of reminds me of the person who gets all upset because he awoke at 3:00 am and the sun didn't get up with him. He then had to sit around waiting for that lazy sun to finally decide to get up hours later. We can not tell the sun when to arise so we must learn to patiently wait for it to come up. So it goes in many things in life.
Great post. Hang in there. It will be September so soon you will wonder whatever happened to July/August!