Patience at the Crossroads

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

I was driving with a friend the other day, following a car leading us on a shortcut through a country road. The path was unexpected. At first, I thought the person we were following was going to take a different route, but then suddenly they turned and the next thing I knew we were zooming down country roads.

As we were driving, my friend and I began to make comments about how as Christians we get impatient with the normal traffic of life. You know, the ins-and-outs of daily struggles and frustrations; the ones that tend to keep us on edge for what God has next for us.

I think this is where we miss God. Today, we find every reason to try to take a back road whenever things slow down, or don’t seem to move at the pace or in the direction we desire. As a people called to be separate from the ways of the world, I believe we should strengthen our patience-muscles and deny the desires all around us, vying for us to become addicted to hurry. Let’s face it, we like the feeling of going at a fast pace or multitasking or rushing and hoping God will come alongside us in our endeavors, but this lifestyle is not scriptural. Actually, it’s dangerous! (James 1:1-8)

As my friend and I started to come to a mutual understanding of what this little life lesson was teaching us, we came to a stop sign. I glanced left and right to check the traffic before we darted down another adjacent road, when my friend tapped my arm and nodded. Directly in front of us was a cardboard sign that read, “Anxious? Don’t worry!” 

Beneath the words was a scripture reference and an arrow pointing to a small nearby church building. My friend and I laughed because it was evident to us that -as silly as it sounds- God was confirming the fruitfulness of our fellowship.

Additional Shorter Readings: Philippians 1:6Romans 5:1-5

Studies: Genesis 6-9 -Noah and the Ark;
Exodus 13:17-22 -The Children of Israel in the Wilderness;
Matthew 6:25-34

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