By Hannah Muñoz, The Rope contributor
I promised everyone a second “reel” post about fishing when I last posted, so here it is! It won’t be entirely about fishing since I don’t know much about it, but a prevalent theme in fishing is patience. And we can all use a little more patience.
I’m still on winter break and while I’m home I have a job at a day care. I love working with kids. They’re funny, silly, sweet and so loving … most of the time. But sometimes (usually right before nap time) things just get crazy! They can get a rowdy and start running around, bumping into each other, stepping on outstretched fingers and toes, throwing toys — you name it! So I end up with toys scattered across the room, 4 criers, 3 runners, 2 pushers and 0 patience.
Fishing doesn’t typically include upset kids, but it does require a great deal of patience and waiting. And if the outcome isn’t what you expect, it can become incredibly frustrating.
I think that we can take that same attitude with God’s plan. We can sit and try to be patient, waiting to see what He tells us to do. But if we aren’t paying enough attention, we can miss the little nibble that the fish gives us and the answers God is trying to give us. And if the fish doesn’t bite soon enough or God doesn’t answer in our definition of a timely manner, we get frustrated at Him and even at ourselves.
It’s hard trying to be patient in our jobs, with our friends and family and even with God. I think it’s especially hard for those trying to figure out what degree to get in college, or currently going through college, or graduating and searching for a job. Everything seems to be moving at a faster pace and it’s like we don’t have the time to be patient.
No matter what’s going on, let’s all take time during our day to slow down, read God’s Word and listen. Ask Him for patience as we go through our day and as we try to follow His plans for our life.
How do you practice patience? Leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you practice, or plan to practice patience!