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April 25, 2021
It never ceases to amaze me how Spring creeps out of Winter waiting to be noticed. Daylight appears earlier and stays longer. Branches begin to quietly bud. Crocus plants awaken. The grass isn’t quite as yellow. The air isn’t quite as cold, and cherry trees blossoms, Bradford pears flower white followed by the yellowing of the forsythia. The grass needs to be mowed. The flower beds mulched. The bird feeder needs more seed. But winter is still in the air, and I wonder when Spring will finally arrive.
Maybe you do, too.
In the midst of a virus filled winter, a vaccine appeared followed by of two more. Before long, shots were going into arms, then our arms, followed more shots going into many arms more. We weren’t as worried. The world felt safer. We began to go places and see people again. We saw light at the end of the tunnel. But COVID is still the air, and we wonder when how long that tunnel will be.
Israel did, too.
On their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, impatience was always in the air. They complained that food was scarce, and water was hard to find. God gave them manna to eat and water to drink. When they longed for Egyptian fare, God sent quail into the camp. When they complained God had failed them, God turned a rock into a fountain of water. Nothing seemed to help. Their impatience continued to surge, and Moses caught it. When Israel finished their journey, Moses stayed behind.
Impatience can get you that way.
What’s a soul to do?
Jesus had a thought: “Don’t run on worry. God will provide what you need, so live in love with God. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Tend to today’s troubles.” (Matthew 6:28-32) And then there’s this thought. Talking of a time when winter creeps into a week of spring days, Jesus said: “Learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” (Mark 13:28)
Patience is a matter of faith. Faith is holding on to hope. As long as Israel knew it would see the promised land, it could live on manna today. Because Jesus knew the joy set before him, he endured the difficulty of the cross. The mask we wear and the vaccine we receive that keeps us safe today will bring us into a safer tomorrow.
Patience is faith working through love.