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The oddest things hit you at the oddest times. Like when you’re in the kitchen just going about normal everyday cooking, like boiling water.

In the last few years it seems like I’ve been in an extended period of waiting. Waiting is never easy. I have yet to meet one person who would actually say they like to wait for anything. Some are more patient about it than others, but, it seems like no one would ever put themselves in a waiting spot.

So to try and make the wait easier, I’ve tried to wait in expectation for the next phase of what my life holds, and what the Lord is going to do. That being the case, recently I’ve realized that that’s not what I’ve ended up doing. Instead of waiting with an active expectation, I’ve actually just been waiting with no expectation. Instead of actively waiting, I’ve been passively waiting.

So it hit me while I was in the kitchen waiting for a pot of water to boil so I could make pasta, that waiting in life is a lot like waiting for water to boil.

Now I know the old adage that a watched pot never boils, but the reality is that if you prepare it correctly, it will, just not as fast as you think it should. All you have to do is get the pot out, fill it with water, put it on the burner and turn on the heat.

Then wait. And wait. And wait.

You can go off and do other things while it boils, but if you stand there and watch it with expectation a funny thing happens. You get to see what goes on with the water as it goes through its stages of heating up, then boiling.

At first, the water is pretty still and it looks like nothing at all is happening. Then, so suddenly you don’t think you’re seeing things correctly, there are small movements as the water starts to flow in channels in the heat. Later, bubbles start to form on the bottom and sides of the pot, just before they rise to the surface and you can truly see that something is happening.

With the breaking of the bubbles on the surface, then you know it’s time for you to do whatever it is that you’re going to with the boiled water. Like, put in the pasta so it can cook, and, you can go on to the next phase of preparing something to eat.

In waiting for the water to boil, it occurred to me that it’s the same with waiting for the Lord. We can passively wait, go off and do something else and not bother to look to see the signs that the Lord is at work. Or, we can actively wait, by doing what we are doing as we live our lives, and at the same time keep our eyes open. If we do this, then we can see the flow of the current of the Lord beneath the surface before what He’s doing boils up to overflowing in our lives.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

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Just a little bit of patience would make the world a little easier place to be, both for those we love and for ourselves.

Everything seems like it needs to be fast in the world we live in. We pick up the kids late, only to find that we’re later than we thought, so we rush forward and get upset when someone gets in our way and slows us down.

I drive a lot of two lane highways. It seems like the later I am, the slower the car in front of me is. With very few safe places to pass, my patience gets stretched when they slow down to look at an oak tree or a building made entirely of old stones. Beautiful sights sure, but not when you’re in a hurry trying to get where you need to go.

Having a child, or children as the case may be, gives a parent ample opportunity to exercise their patience, or not. There are many times when I tell my son to do something and when he hasn’t done it in 20 seconds or less, I find myself getting annoyed, my patience is tried and stretched.

Now if he didn’t do his chore or whatever I asked him to do in, let’s say, 20 minutes, I could understand a little trying of the patience muscle, but I, like many people I know, need a little help in that department.

We are not a very patient people.

Unfortunately, I find that it is with those I care about the most that my lack of patience rears its ugly head, unable to resist the opportunity to assert itself.

In Proverbs 19:11 it says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”

It seems that many times one admirable quality is accompanied by another just as admirable quality. They seem to hang out together in groups, like people we respect or admire and would like to get to know better.

My son and I were walking on a hot day and heard a rushing stream a little ways off. We continued slowly walking to the source to find a deep ravine that had been carved slowly and carefully over time by the water.

When you think about it the water, a non thinking force by any stretch of the imagination but a force none-the-less, had the patience to keep on running over the same strip of rock until it had worn it away and carved out a place for itself.

The water just did what it needed to do in order to go in a certain path. It didn’t complain, it didn’t whine, it just did it until over a period of time its goal was achieved.

We could learn a thing or two about patience from the water, about not getting upset when things don’t happen in the short-term and quitting, instead of allowing life to be life and taking the time to allow things to play out instead of having to have an instant answer, an instant action or an instant anything.

What Wisdom may tell us if we’d listen to her when she calls out in the streets, is that we need to learn and develop, to watch and wait, all of which take time and patience. This is so God can move in us and we may develop the wisdom and patience to not move ahead of Him no matter how fast we want something done.

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,”

Colossians 1:11 (NIV)

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