I am a busy person.
Between my academics, extracurriculars, ministries, and social life, I have to keep a tight balance while juggling all of my different duties. I often pride myself on cranking out homework assignments in the library, running errands, having prayer time, catching up with friends, and exercising in a wonderfully efficient manner every day. And of course, there are few things in the world which give me greater delight than triumphantly checking off my neatly written, impeccable to-do list at the end of the day.
Wow. Patience is not simply being phlegmatic, easy going, or insensitive to timeliness. Rather, it is the art of being able to genuinely submit our creaturelineness to the Lord. We must patiently pray: "You are the Lord of my time. Make me more perfectly docile to your plan."
Yes, sometimes I will get slowed down and inconvenienced by others or unforeseen roadblocks. But Hildebrand gently reminds us: "Our neighbor's sluggishness, as his other awkward and annoying traits, belongs to the things that we must bear in charity." (8) Love bears all things, even that which is just plain annoying. Which is why Hildebrand can truthfully say that "Holy patience is absolutely necessary and an essential part of holiness. For holy patience means our response to truth that it is not we but God alone who determines the proper day and hour for the fruitful performance of certain actions and even more exclusively, the ripening of our seeds and the harvest of our labors." (9)
So, be patient, lowly creature! Just kidding. But really: Get over yourself. And get in touch with the reality that God has got it figured out.
1. Dietrich von Hildebrand. Transformation in Christ. Ignatius Press, 320.
2. Ibid, 322.
3. Ibid, 322.
4. Ibid, 323.
5. Ibid, 324.
6. Ibid, 324.
7. Ibid, 344.
8. Ibid, 324.
9. Ibid, 328.