– Ecclesiastes 7:8
King Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, tells us a great deal about patience. Patience is difficult to acquire and even more difficult to sustain. The very definition of the word is daunting. In English and Hebrew the patience refers to the ability to wait quietly; face rejection or delay; the ability to bear calmly and with self-control frustrating and upsetting situations. That sure doesn’t sound like much fun! However, without it, we can be easily defeated. How easy it is to let impatience lead our minds down a road filled with anxiety and frustration. How easy it is to just quit so we can leave the trials and delays behind. On a lighter note, in the early 1980’s, the only phone company in the State of Israel was run by the government. It often took five to eight years to get a phone line installed after placing an order. This simple story should remind us all that acquiring and sustaining patience requires another important virtue—a healthy sense of humor.
Heavenly Father, continue to teach me patience today. Though these lessons may be painful at times, help me not to give in to the frustrations because the rewards are great. Amen.