God’s Word for Today: Patience
Sometimes, this word patience is very difficult to realize. Last night was one of those times when patience took me to the very end of a frayed rope. I still cannot attest to whether patience won, or the other team scored the most points. I believe, just like the Super Bowl last night, the game of patience, versus all out anger, frustration, boiling over, profanity, and kicking the dog, went to overtime. Maybe several sports analysts could add their opinions the outcome of last night’s mental game that played in my head.
It was a simple plan. Prepare some special wings, lock and load my laptop, and sit back to watch the Super Bowl. Previous experience has taught me that residence in Paraguay requires a little extra time and effort to secure a seat to watch any number of sporting events. I believe I was prepared. I gave myself 90 minutes’ head start to make sure a good Live Stream was functioning. The wings were in the oven. I had a plan.
The first signal that my “plan” was less than perfect was the simple fact that FoxSportsGo in their infinite wisdom had decided to limit their free live stream to the continental USA. Fine, I could find another route. Been there, done that.
I did find a live stream, finally. Just 10 seconds prior to the coin toss, life was still good. Patience had been tested, but squeaked through with a victory. Little did I realize, the battle was won, but the war was far from over.
So, I was blessed to see President George Bush toss the coin. That in itself was awesome. My plate was full of various food including the wings (which I believe turned out rather good. Evidence later revealed close to a whole chicken carcass on my plate). The game commenced. Life was good.
Somewhere in the middle of nothing much happening from either the Patriots or the Falcons, my live stream was shut off. This due to an announcement of copywrite infringements the NFL didn’t like. I rapidly went to plant B through Z to recapture my evening’s entertainment.
Needless to say, Patience was exhausted rather quickly. Everything I tried, including offering to pay for a direct stream via whatever Sports network was boasting the loudest, failed to recover the game. I don’t know how many times I was caught in an endless loop of despair and dead ends. I did find a somewhat live stream update that made me aware I had missed seeing the Falcons score 3 touchdowns prior to halftime. Lady Gaga was only minutes away. Maybe the halftime show would at least magically show up for all to see.
Patience finally just up and shut the computer off and went to bed. Patience will admit it even spent 30 minutes via cell phone trying to recapture the joy of the first few minutes of the game witnessed. Patience gave up and went to sleep. Patience woke up this morning and realized that it had missed a very exciting game. Patience might try and find a version of replay this evening.
Psalm 27:14. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
This Bible verse is difficult. It exudes with a very strong leaning toward patience. Wait is mentioned twice. Easy to read. Easy to understand. So very difficult to put into practice.
How many times in our lives have we really needed an answer from God like “right now”. We didn’t have time to wait. Opportunity, or last chance, or no other choice, or looks good to me, prompted us to have no patience. We gave in to our own personal reasoning. Patience could take a hike. We had things to do. God didn’t answer immediately. Oh well, I know what is best for me.
Did that direction turn out good? Was leaving the words wait and patience out of life’s equation the wisest choice? Talk about endless loops of frustrations and dead ends. Got a few stories myself on that round trip of loss.
100% of the time, God knows what is best. Not 20%, not 50%, not even 99%. God always has the best plan for you. Might not exactly fit into your plans for you, but it will always be the best plan. You simply need to exercise that word patience and give patience a chance to win the game called, your life………….. Amen and amen.