My children (and husband as a matter of fact) hate waiting for just about anything. It doesn’t matter where we are, if there is a long line, Eli will immediately throw his hands up in the air and say “Nope. Not doing it.” The thought of waiting is just pure torture for him. In this world of instantaneous access to almost everything, having patience seems to be a thing of the past. While we were visiting Water Country today, my boys found out about the “Quick Queue.” Oh my. They could not believe that we do not pay extra for the opportunity to basically “butt ahead” of everyone in line and not have to wait. One kid, who was fortunate enough to have this speedy privilege, actually mocked the “commoners” as he passed us in line. I need to learn to appreciate these moments. Well not the mocking kid moment, but the moments when we have limited access to electronics or anything else that can distract us. We have nothing else to do but stand there and communicate with each other. Now communicating for my boys means taking leaves off of nearby bushes and poking each other with the stems, but hey, whatever works.
Do you ever feel like life seems to becoming a Quick Queue? We are always trying to find the quickest, best way to get somewhere? To do something? To be something? Why does everything have to be so fast? Have you ever noticed that the happiest, most pleasant people aren’t the ones rushing around trying to get to the front of the line? Nope. The happiest ones are the ones that appreciate every moment and use it to their advantage. They are the ones enjoying the quality time with their family as they wait. Laughing and joking in line and just being together. We never read about Jesus sprinting down the road with his disciples to see who could get from one village to the next the fastest! Hardly. Jesus took his time. His sweet time.
Dear Paige-Appreciate being in the moment. Life is short enough as it is. When you feel the urge to jump to the front of the line, take a moment and think about where His spot in line would be.
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.