There are times when I am more patient than others.
Would you be able to affirm that comment? Do you resonate with an internal reality that some days are calm while others seem to be hyper and almost out of control? I hear pastors talking about Holy Week and the various gatherings as a pressure that pushes their patience. It never seemed that way to me. Sure there are more things to do but they are all good and fulfilling.
Patience. It is listed as one of the Fruit of the Spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience...apparently it is a gift God wants to provide and evidence that we give back to God to confirm our obedience to his will.
The spiritual life is often challenged in the area of patience. We try really hard to slow down so we can reflect appropriately. We continue to be challenged by random thoughts while we are trying to read Scripture. Our we discover that we are trying to accomplish too many tasks all at the same time.
In the end, patience is about waiting. It is about slowing down. It is about putting others first. It is about having the same attitude as Christ who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped...but made himself nothing by taking on the nature of a servant....sound familiar?