Lessons on Patience

I wrote yesterday that I was going to go back to church today, and so I did my best to get myself up and ready so I could be at the church for their 9:30am service. Sadly, things didn’t go my way as there was a major traffic jam on the way which meant I arrived over half an hour late.

To be clear – I left my house at 8:50am, which would have been more than enough time to get to the church. About two miles from the church, the traffic built up and I spent around 40 minutes getting no further than 150 metres.

Traffic in Kuala Lumpur can be enormously frustrating, and this morning highlighted it even more than I expected – it’s Sunday morning, still relatively early and yet there I was in a standstill trying to get to the place I wanted to go to. I took the time to use the Bible in One Year app to help me listen to today’s readings and thought. It helped me pass the time, and I heard passages describing the miracles of the Loaves and Fishes, and also the planning for the arrival of the Israelites into Caanan, the Promised Land. I was reminded that I just need to be patient and that the Lord will provide.

My patience was sorely tested this morning, as I sat in my car for what seemed an age while I inched forward every few minutes. Listening to the reading gave me some hope that my patience would be rewarded and that all would be good if I just relied on the Lord without question. I don’t do a good enough job of any kind of spiritual reflection, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use the Bible in One Year to help focus my mind and bring my spiritual life back on track.

Right now, I’m sat in a Starbucks waiting for the 11:30am service to start, and having some time to myself. I will need to go and top up my coffee soon – it’s starting to run low and I have another 50 minutes or so to get through.

Lessons on Patience

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