Patience Needed To Appreciate Life As It Comes

“That horse sure is acting up.”

Somebody made the remark as we waited in line for the Christmas parade to begin. While the statement wasn’t true, we can understand why an outsider made that analysis. The Wonderful Zane was throwing his head occasionally and sometimes would paw with his feet.

We didn’t think he was out of order, because we’d been there a long time. Despite balloons, streamers, signs, blinking lights, whistles, sirens, bands, people petting him and even Santa Claus’ “Ho Ho Ho”  Zane had stood almost motionless.

But like every kid and most old folks, patience ran out after awhile. Our horse decided action time had arrived even though it was still minutes before parade kickoff. Understanding his feeling, not any different than our own, we took him for a walk around the nearby grass lot to stretch his legs and get a different view of things.

Animals are really no different than people. While there are folks who never get hurried and let whatever happens take place in its own accord, others are forever impatient to be on the move. It is obvious by, not unlike our horse, tapping their toes or fingers, unconsciously to themselves, but most obvious to others.

Certain folks will even hum or sing obliviously when they become eager to start. While Zane was not literally “raring to go,” he and others were anxious, enthusiastic maybe, hasty perhaps, excited yes, but mostly in a hurry.

Some never become impulsive, but edginess is more common with younger people and high achievers. As folks get older, most become less prone to being so excitable, but there are times even those with “patience of a saint,” get an itchiness, so to speak.

There’s nothing wrong with being ready to go, yet we will be less stressed, healthier and happier if we let life’s activities occur in their own due time.

We recall James 5:11: “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

Advice comes in Hebrews 10:36: “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”