Are You Too Busy For Patience?

Do you ever feel like your life is one big test of your patience? I certainly do and today was one of those days. 
Along with my husband being out of town this week, my daughter Roslyn has woken up every single night. Her newest tactic in the nightly wrestle of putting her to bed is standing in her crib. She won't just do it one time but multiple times in a row after I lay her down. I am by far no child sleep expert, but I know the more I go in to comfort her the more she knows she can manipulate me into not having to go to sleep. 
So that has been a constant battle, and I also volunteered to watch children today. Let me mention, watching other people's children must be something that God really uses to sanctify me. Not only do I dread it, but jobs for watching other people's children have mysteriously always fallen in my lap. Dating back to when I was in middle school and could finally keep an eye on kids safely. From being a nanny to being a day care worker, I have done it all. Now that I have my own child, I am an instant magnet for other women to call on. Non the less, I know that it is a way that I can be missional to other moms in my life, even if it's not my favorite. 
But today was very interesting… my daughter along with this cute baby boy decided to scream the entire time for unconsolable reasons. Trying to comfort them both and remembering that they are just angry and tired was hard. It definitely was a test on my patience. 
Later in the day I was late for my sewing class and was dashing out the door. When my neighbor, who can be sweet but should have a certificate for the craziest cat lady known to man, came out to chat. Well that chat turned into a 15 minute talk about why she can't find stuff in her house and that she wants to give me random objects in her home. She by the way follows through with those talks by placing the random objects on my porch. Sweet but unneeded and unwanted. 
With all of this going on as well as Roslyn later staying up all night it was a patience tester of a day. Ultimately I know God is in control, and he is trying to use these little annoyances in my life to sanctify me. He wants me to have patience for everyone whether young or old. In hindsight I should really thank God for today. He tested my boundaries and wants me to rely on him in my day-to-day. 

I love this quote from one of my mentors back in college. She said, “I have to fight not to be too busy, because I know with busyness I am always impatient with people. I don't have time for them if I am running around with my own agenda and schedule.”

That is such a great reminder that we should have God’s agenda for our day and not get bent out of shape when he wants us to stop and talk with someone or comfort them. 
Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. 
Ephesians 4:2
  • Where in life are you being impatient and not trusting God?
  • Are you too busy to be missional and have God’s agenda on your schedule instead of your own?