Today we leave for France. With long lines, security hassles, and tired feet the thrill of travel is definitely lacking! I cannot think of a better training ground for practicing patience than when flying. I am so careful in my packing but I am not sure I always pack patience! Flight delays and missed connections strain my patience to the very limit. And showing patience is especially difficult when fatigue is added to the mix. I easily take offense at the slightest provocation, whether it be someone knocking into me or cutting in line.
Today’s verse tells us from where patience comes. It comes from wisdom. Showing patience is always the wiser course. Blowing up or throwing a tantrum never changes anything. Wisdom determines when to grin and bear it when nothing else can be done. Overlooking that rude remark or crying baby not only is the wiser more patient response but it makes one a better person. Any other reaction risks being “inglorious.” Wisdom is the source of patience and the fear of the Lord is the source and beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10).
I have been told (tongue in cheek) never to actually pray for patience as it always seems to come as a result of testing (James 1:3). But I am encouraged to learn that patience can be a by-product of wisdom as well. Fearing and respecting God’s power and control of my circumstances calms me down and helps me keep my emotional balance. So whether I am waiting in long lines or learning that my suitcase did not make it, I can be confident that He knows and He has my back.
Lord, make me wise today especially!