I have recently become the proud owner of a Disneyland Annual Pass and I couldn't be more excited! I have always wanted one and now that I have the ability to do it, I can check it off my bucket list and visit my friends, eat some churros and scream on some rides whenever I get the chance to, it's wonderful. I had the privilege to go down to SoCal right at the end of December to visit some friends and do what we do best, Disney.
We happened to go during a time when kids were still out of school and families were visiting for the holidays, needless to say it was PACKED. We are semi Disney pros at this point and were still able to get in a ton of rides and have tons of fun, but we also did a lot of waiting. In a culture filled with immediate downloads, instant results, and express checkout, it's become pretty hard to wait let alone be patient during the wait.
I know. I said it. Patient.
We live in a fast paced world. You know how I know this? I sat in a coffee shop one day and watched how many people became so upset that their mobile ordered coffee was not ready when they arrived. I think some may have been expecting a red carpet or their low-fat, double half-calf, 2.5 pump, extra dry, foam free latte to be served on a silver platter. The worst part of it all though, was I was one of them.
I had become someone I never thought I would be, someone who became so busy and lazy that people were no longer a priority. Instead, my Wunderlist, emails, meetings, graphics, and whatever else was happening took control.
I didn't have the patience to wait in a five minute line, have a two minute conversation with a real human, who had a real name, and wait however long to get my coffee. Friends, something is seriously wrong with that.
When did the rush of life become the new front-porch swing sitting?
We've become enthralled by created the biggest plate just so we can fill it to an overflowing state of chaos and breakdown. I don't know about you guys, but I am so tired of trying to outdo someone else's busyness. I'm tired of feeling like anything I do is never going to be enough to please every person, and let's be real, as much as the people-pleasing side of me wants to, it is physically impossible. I tried, it didn't end well.
Imagine what could happen though if we decided to counter-act what our culture has began to tell us. What if we decided to have that two minute conversation with the barista who was having a hard shift and just needed someone to smile and tell them they are doing great. What if we decided to patiently wait and start a conversation with the person next to us waiting for their coffee as well! I'm talking about leaving your phone in your pocket, purse, car, and physically being present in another person's storyline.
Have you ever noticed how we teach kids about this concept of patience and waiting, yet as adults we seem to have forgotten those lessons. I started to ask myself the question, 'why does patience matter?' It's been a long process of taking that question apart and asking God to reveal answers. He began to show me the transformation of character through patience and waiting. When God makes us wait, he is telling us it is a time for transformation and growing. Within that period of patience and waiting it then begins to have us build more dependence and relationship with Him. Because waiting is hard, and we need Jesus to get us through it.
How is God transforming you through patience?
Where are you needing to be patient this week?
How are you being more patient?
From one human to the next,