Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12, NIV)Those who travel by air know that there is always a chance their flight will be delayed by weather, even if the forecast for the arrival or departure flight indicates fair weather. Occasionally the traveler might even find himself in a holding pattern, circling the skies while the pilot awaits approval for a final approach and landing. On a plane crowded with people in a hurry to get to their destinations, patience wears thin.
Many of us live life in a holding pattern. It seems we spend more time waiting in lines than moving through them. Vacation never comes soon enough or lasts as long as we would like. We don't make progress toward our financial goals because of unexpected repairs or other expenses. We long for just one day when everything goes the way we wish it would.
Every day God gives us opportunities to be patient, to model his grace and peace to those around us. God is patient and loving, and he expects no less of his children. Yet so often we behave badly, demanding things be done our way and in our timeframe. When we learn to "go with the flow" and look for God's purpose in our holding patterns rather than be frustrated by them, we will be more in tune with his will and more effective in reaching others who may not know him.
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