Patience!

This morning when I took my grandson to school I saw two very serious collisions, very close to two different schools. Both wrecks were right past the place where the school zone speed limit of 25 mph ended and 45 mph had resumed. There were ambulances at both. I didn’t actually pass the first, but the second one there were two adult men dressed in business suits unashamedly standing in the middle of the road, arms wrapped around each other and weeping openly. In the back of my mind I could hear my grandmother’s voice saying, “Haste makes waste”, it certainly seemed that was the case here. Obviously someone was in too big of a hurry and had rammed his vehicle into the car in front at a high rate of speed and it had completely gone through that car and into the front seat.

I thought of the scripture, “In your patience posses ye your souls” Luke 21:19

Yesterday I was driving behind a car on the EW Conn. driving very slowly where the speed limit is 45 mph.  People were impatiently passing that car and I too was looking for an opportunity to pass but something stopped me when I looked and saw the back of the driver’s head and his passenger and I could not go around, I decided to just follow them, doing about 35 mph.

What did I see? I saw a very old man and his lady looking side-to-side at the trees and talking.

I wondered about their life and felt ashamed that my impatience almost made me go around them without noticing. I thought of my own parents and about how swiftly life passes, these two people were young once upon a long time ago.

Why are we all in such a hurry? We will all end up old, if we are blessed, and someone will be impatient with us. “What goes around comes around.” We all have our “Glory Days” and they are so quickly over. Watch a strong man contest or a beauty contest and as gorgeous as those young people are in all their “glory” you know that it won’t be long before their physical beauty will fade as the years bring on maturity, which brings on an assortment of wrinkles, thinning hair, aches and pains, etc. Again my grandmother’s voice saying, “every dog has its day”, which meant, “they may enjoy their beauty for now, but as the rose withers and fades, so will they.”

We know that as we get older these things happen to our physical body, but there is our spiritual body, which does not age, aren’t you glad?

I want to talk about our spiritual glory and the glory that we can have in the worship of God. Adam and Eve walked in the Glory of God, that’s why they did not realize they were naked! When they sinned, the Glory light around them went out and they saw themselves, un-clothed, naked and they were ashamed. I have often wondered why it was that they felt shame at being naked it was because they were naked of the Glory. Samson must have felt naked when he went out and shook himself and found that he was naked of the Glory. Peter must have felt naked of the Glory when he had denied Jesus and stood in the courtyard with the enemy. Judas found himself stark naked stripped of any glory and hanged himself because of his betrayal of the Christ. OH GOD, please give me the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to never find myself out in public naked of your Glory because that would shame me to death.

Psalm 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies’ triumph over me. To me, the absence of God’s Glory in my life IS to be ashamed.

Today take the time to be patient with someone and get inside of God’s Glory!

 

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