DON'T pray for patience...
unless you're ready for the test that follows.
I prayed that quick prayer as I picked up my daughter from school...
(I should know better...I'm always telling people NOT to pray for patience!)
Because the only way you learn it is through aggrivating circumstances,
I know this.
No sooner did I utter the prayer...
and it left my lips...
and a girl who I normally don't carpool home decided to come home with us and chew her cup of ice cubes...
ALL. THE. WAY. HOME!!!
did I say chew?
I meant 'CHOMP!'
Now some of you are shutting off your computer as we speak,
because that is one of your favorite past times.
Don't worry...I have my own list of annoying habits!
The good news is I didn't embarrass or confront the innocent 'cruncher'...
I bit my lip for the sake of my daughter who would have been horrified at my counsel of,
"I'm sure it must be terrible for your teeth."
(as if my dental concerns for her was what was driving my need for the conversation.)
I have to say...
I chuckled out loud as I recognized that this was a 'test'.
(please tell me I'm not an awful carpool parent, you've been there...right?
I knew it...just me!).
I think praying for patience is not for the weary at heart.
And more likely what we MEAN is...
"Lord, MAKE me BE patient!"
as opposed to,
"Lord, TEACH me patience."
We want the Pronto!
We want to avoid the
1 Thessalonians 5:14
"Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs.
And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out."