Patience is not absence of action, just as peace is not absence of conflict. Patience is about appropriate waiting and the state of one's heart while waiting. It steers clear of one deadly sin, sloth, and cuts off the plethora of gunk that follows hastiness. Impatience breaks down community and destroys peace whereas patience requires a continual recommitment to faith, and a reminder of what love is all about. Additionally, it is fueled by hope that the outcome desired will indeed come. No wonder patience is a virtue!
In the middle of this blog entry, the phone rang. My daughter on the other end called asking for an address. Our conversation kept going in and out - can you hear me, can you hear me now? And I felt the too-familiar frustration of impatience rise in me. Good reminder that I still have a ways to go with this fruit.