How do you feel when you behave poorly or make a mistake and the person nearby, instead of getting upset, responds patiently? It’s a humbling and yet good feeling isn’t it? Guess what? That’s how it feels when YOU are patient with yourself and with those around you.
God is patient with us so we can be patient with ourselves.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
When I think back on my life and on this verse, there are a number of images that flash on the big screen; times when I screwed up big time. But like the loving Father He is, God was patient with me. Even now when I am tired of waiting, tired of the medical routines, tired of being tired, He gently and patiently waits for me to draw close and get HIS perspective on things… and most importantly His forgiveness.
Patience has a way of teaching us to forgive ourselves…and others.
Yes, sometimes things have to be just right, and there is little room for error. But most of the time, don’t you think there is room for a little patience and forgiveness? And in that space, you always find a measure of peace.
Postscript: stay tuned for transplant update in Saturday’s post.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2