If you lack patience then you probably don't like waiting in line. It can be one of the most aggravating things in the world. You sit, you stand, your call idles, you turn the car off. You wonder what could possibly be taking them so long! This produces high blood pressure for some, anxiety for others, and sheer frustration in all of us. By the time we get to our turn we are in a bad mood and at least that part of our day ruined because we feel our waiting was wasted time.
Whenever I can I enjoy buying and selling vehicles. Typically, when I get a vehicle to sale I will take it to have the oil changed up the road at a local quick lube. I have come to enjoy the man's humor who changes the oil for me and so its normally a pleasant experience. However, when I pulled in today there were three cars ahead of me but the sooner I get the oil changed the sooner I can get the car on the lot! So, I waited. I waited and waited and waited some more. I believe I waited a good 45-50 minutes. And do you know what I was feeling? Frustration!
I finally decided that I would spend some time praying. I checked the date to see which Psalm to pray and realized that one of my Psalms for today was Psalm 139! I flipped to it on my iPhone and this is what I read:
Psa. 139:1 "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me."
As I prayed through this Psalm I said, Lord you knew I was going to be sitting in this line frustrated today. Psalm 139 teaches me that no matter where I am in life God knew I was going to be there because He planned for me to be and that while I am there He is there with me! As I prayed through this Psalm I enjoyed my wait because my attention was no longer on what wasn't happening but what was! I was having a conversation with the God of heaven! He was speaking to me through His Word and I was talking back to Him through prayer. Frustration faded and was replaced by thankfulness.
You may be waiting in a line waiting soon or you might be experiencing a season of waiting in your life that tempts you to become frustrated about where you are and what you wish was happening. Wherever you are turn your attention off of your circumstances, off of what you wish was happening, and turn it on to what God is actually doing! Much more will be accomplished if we spend our waiting in thankfulness rather than allowing our waiting to frustrate us! Thankfulness realizes that regardless of where you are God knew that you would be there and He is there with you while you wait.
At the end of the Psalm, David asked God to search him and see if there was any wicked or harmful way in him and to lead him in the way everlasting. It may be that God desires to work on you during your wait instead of allowing you get on with yours! I am thankful for my wait today because in my wait He drew me to Himself!
Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."