Thank you for your patience.

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I was standing inside the bank lobby waiting for the next available teller. The man in front of me at the Tellers window finished his banking and was now talking to the bank manager standing next to the Teller. I could easily overhear that their conversation was personal and not business. The customer was either clueless people were standing in line behind him or didn’t care. I felt it was rude because the bank manager could see people waiting in line, and no other tellers were available. I made eye contact with the teller hoping he would see me and say,

Excuse me, I have another customer waiting.”

So when that did not work, I was about to clear my throat just loud enough to be noticed, when finally, they ended their conversation and the guy moved on. As soon as I stepped up to teller’s window,

He said, “Thank you for your patience”.

I laughed and said,

I really didn’t have a choice, did I? I regret I said that. Anyway I cashed my check and was soon on my way, but his words hung in my mind. Holy Spirit would not let me leave those words.

Thank you for your patience.”

I should not have said that I didn’t have a choice, because I did have a choice. I may have been forced to wait, but I wasn’t forced to have patience. Patience is a choice. It grows by yielding to God’s work, especially in delays.

Was this delay part of God’s work in me? If you believe nothing is coincidental for a child of God, then it is God’s work! God is in the details, in the little things. Nothing is by chance or luck.

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  • So now I have to wonder if God may be the One behind some of these times when we are forced to wait?
  • Could He be orchestrating that long check out line at the grocery story, or bank? Yes, for reasons we may never know.
  • What if God has arranged for you to catch every red light between here and your destination? Why would God have anything to do with that? Maybe He is constructing something in me that He feels is important.

let patience have her perfect work (in me), that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4).

Ruth Bell Graham was driving with her husband one day on the highway. They just drove past a long construction project that delayed a long line of traffic. At the end of the highway construction site was a sign,

End of construction. Thank you for your patience.”

With a flash of humorous inspiration, she told her husband Billy, “This is what I want on my tombstone!” Today you can visit her gravesite and see it for yourself. “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.”

Ruth Graham

What a fitting reminder that we are all under construction and God is at work in all our details.

Thank you for your patience.” The next time you hear this, remember it’s not just a saying, it just may be a construction sign from God.

let patience have her perfect work (in me)” (James 1:4).

I would like to hear your comments:

Author: garywashburn@gracetab.org

I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ for 40 years this year. I am married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years since 9-11-76. We have two grown children, and 7 of the most wonderful grandchildren in the world! I am a pastor (Shepherd) to the world and to a great flock called Grace Tabernacle in Wildwood, Florida. I have been a full time preacher and teacher of the Word of God for 31 years. I love to encourage people to follow Jesus. I am a writer who is learning to write better by writing. I authored one book “Crossing Forbidden Boundaries – the Grace Tabernacle story”. It is available at our church free for first time visitors or for sale on amazon. I have many books on the inside of me waiting to be published. The Lord is calling me into a new season to write and share the reflections the Lord is sharing with me.

10 thoughts on “Thank you for your patience.”

    1. Enjoyed reading this message sometimes I need to have patience because God may be trying to tell me something or teach me something Amen

  1. This one really touched home with me. I usually have a great amount of patience…..you have after all met my son who is always in movement since he was an infant and so many people didn’t and still don’t have patience with him. Douglas has such an amazing heart for people and is bold in his faith. His sisters sometimes get impatient with him especially if we are out and about. If The Holy Spirit nudges Douglas to go pray for someone, he always excuses himself from whatever we are in the middle of whether it’s grocery shopping, eating out or even getting in the car in the parking lot. He will go to that person, ask them if he can pray for them and does it. He has only been shot down a couple times and he handled it beautifully by smiling at them, thanking them for their time to listen to him and as he walks away, praying for them anyway. My son has been teaching me patience from the moment he was born. I even recall a day when he and I were at a dentist appointment and the wait in the room was taking much longer than it usually does. I was getting a little ansy but I kept my cool and got through it all. We left about a half hour later than expected and came upon a really bad accident on our way home. Douglas says to me, “Mom…look at that. God kept you at the dentist to keep you from being a part of this. Let’s pray for the people in those cars” So while we sat waiting, we held hands, thanked God for keeping us safe and to please be with those who were hurt. I know I just wrote a book here for you to read….lol…but that is my take on patience. Thank you, Pastor for this piece you have written and thank you for obeying God’s will in your life for leading us. Our family loves you and Sister Pam 🙂

  2. love reading your blogs. This one really hit home. We’re all under construction but I’m so grateful He’s not finished with me yet.

  3. Pastor Gary, thank you for these wonderful reflections. They are such a blessing to me and I know so many others! God Bless!

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