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.
- 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.”
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).
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