“Rivers know this: there is no hurry.
We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
The winding of the river. The seasonal cycle of the tree. The quiet hour of the sea’s withdrawal against the pounding waves of its faithful return… Nature is foreign to impatience.
The ebb and flow of life.
This is where we find ourselves, but often not in patient revelry, acknowledging our Creator’s steadfastness. Instead we try to leap ahead of the ocean’s tide and resist in terror its ebb. We insist on progress, fluidity, and permanence, while fearing the waves of progress may never return.
This best describes a position I’m trying to liberate myself from; a state of leaping and resisting. Both verbs communicate impatience.
Our self-coaching questions for today are:
Is impatience thwarting your potential?
Is there a goal you’re rushing toward?
Is there something you just can’t wait to see unfold in your life?
The things we want the most can often take the longest to manifest.
But we are not patient people! The temptation then is to make something happen before its due time. What we end up with is a goal or dream that kind of fits, but not quite. Moliere said, “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
Do you want tasteless or delicious fruit?
Do you want to walk a bumpy, unfamiliar ditch, or your God-appointed path?
Do you want to succumb to temptation now, or wait for the most gratifying solution later?
Do you want to take the shortcut, or enjoy the scenic route?
Do you want to come up short, or run the race to win?
Impatience can sabotage our biggest goals. Patience is an act of faith, even when you don’t know how things will work out. Wise decision making infuses patient trust in the One omniscient enough to set the steady waves in motion and Who told the rivers where to run.
The ebb and flow of life… I’m diligently practicing. Instead of leaping and resisting, I’m asking God in regular conversation, “How do you want me to spend the next hour? What is my next decision?” This morning the answer came unexpectedly. My choice would have been tackling the pile, dive into the grind, but instead I was led to make a phone call. My eighty year old dad and I talked the hours away… Fish Town, historic Philadelphia, a great, great grandfather on a tug boat, Dad adjusting his hearing aid and shedding a sweater while juggling the phone… That is a phone call and a conversation easily missed if we never take time to sit by the sea.
The ebb and flow of life. It calls for patience, a riding of the waves as they come, for that is where we find contentment in the present. That is when we accept what is for right now.
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” ~Joshua 23:14
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