Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 NLT
The atmosphere in the Free Clinic waiting room grew tense as the patients waited for the cardiologist to arrive. The doctor was late coming from his office in the Medical Arts building across town to see a handful of blue-collar patients who didn’t have insurance but desperately needed the clinic’s services.
At first the comments seemed almost jovial, a way to diffuse the mounting tension. “He probably stopped for a drink on the way over here,” said one patient.
“Nah. he’s playing a round of golf before coming over,” said another.
But as the minutes ticked by, the patients grew surly. “Don’t they care that our time is valuable too?” Their coarse comments became nasty jabs now about how much money the doctor made and how little regard he had for them. After awhile, they even began accusing him of purposely neglecting them because they didn’t have insurance.
He finally arrived two and a half hours late and began seeing patients. He apologized to each one as he saw them, only able to hint at the long hard day he’d already put in. But it didn’t seem to matter. They continued to grumble after their appointment as they waited for their medicine refills so they could go home.
Why do we give the least regard to those who give us the greatest gifts?
We treat God the same way. Because we’re in pain or experiencing suffering, we complain and blame him, never acknowledging his great love for us. He allowed his son Jesus to walk this earth among his creation, to experience life from our vantage point so he could have an even greater understanding of our suffering. He takes all things into consideration, both the seen and unseen; the known and unknown – as he works out his plan for the world. He brings beauty out of the ashes we create.
Yet we complain, blame and accuse him of being neglectful and unfair because we’re “inconvenienced.”
Father, help us to see your great love for us. Help us to wait patiently for you and to see things from your perspective before we grumble and complain. Amen.