Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matt. 5:10
The hockey game on TV right now makes nice background noise as I sit amongst lovely people. Much quieter than usual, but only because the odds are not currently in the Canucks’ favor. Hockey is their thing, not mine, but that’s alright… instead of complaining I can take the opportunity to unload a bit of the day on here.
Speaking of complaints, I work at the local Superstore. Famous for cheap prices and under-staffing, this building experiences 17 daily hours of impatience, bustling, and questionable hygiene. The things I’ve heard in my short span of employment range from mildly stinging to blindly infuriating. I’ve witnessed cashiers raise their voices, keep their cool, respond with equal harshness, and even flee their check-outs in tears. My own patience has been stretched incredibly thin and I am constantly reminded of the crucial role that patience has in our lives.
Not just the basic form; the predictable, textbook patience that comes in the rule book of every public service job application or classroom outline. Not just the façade of putting on a pretty face while we deal with an unpleasant complaint.
Not just calm silence as we wait in line…
But a relentless, gentle, forgiving, holy patience.
Look at all the different words for patience:
I feel like simply reading these words opens up the expectations of patience that God has for us.
For me, this is something that seems most easily forgotten… from small interactions with others, to just waiting for life to hurry up. Especially these past few months, I’ve repeatedly had to remind myself that it isn’t about what I want right now. It isn’t about how I think things should go. When I’m tense about work not going by quickly enough, when I’m bitter about that one customer, even when I’m sick of being a student, Jesus says, ‘stop. This day is my gift to you. This moment. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not the next ten years. Today.’
Can you imagine if God lost his patience with us every time we messed up? Whoa.
This isn’t about me at all.
‘You have been, and You will be. You have seen, and You will see.‘