Love is patient and kind. – Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – Peter, 2 Peter 3:9
I’ve always heard that Jesus was “never in a hurry”. Reading through the gospel accounts over the last several years, I would have to agree. You don’t see Him saying things like, “Okay man with a son possessed by an evil spirit, you better muster up some belief soon because I have a lunch appointment at 12:30 with my disciples” (Mark 9). Even if He did have formal meetings during His earthly ministry, we never see Him having anxiety over His daily schedule. We see Him being flexible. We see Him welcoming interruptions (Mark 5). He modeled a “love one person at a time” kind of life for His followers. He sits with people, walks with people, talks with people. He wants to spend time with people. He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
I struggle with this. I check my watch (ahem, phone) constantly. I’m always thinking about the next hour. I neglect the needs and the people right in front of me.
Which is why I’m wrapping up this post now to spend time with the people right in front of me.