Reflections: The Rev David Paton

The Rev David Paton of Largo Baptist Church
The Rev David Paton of Largo Baptist Church

HOW patient are you, really?

Do you ever get frustrated when you get all your shopping into the trolley at the supermarket and then have to search for a checkout with as few people ahead of you as possible, but even then you may have to wait in a long queue?

Or, if you are a motorist, you can’t have failed to notice over the past few months that many of us have been facing delays at the roadworks, either on the main road through Leven or, more recently, on the main road through Lundin Links.

I know those doing the necessary repairs and improvements are doing their best to minimise any inconvenience but, as a motorist, it can be a bit frustrating having to wait for the traffic lights to change or sit waiting at times in a long traffic queue.

Maybe I hear you say: “What’s the rush? You need to learn more patience!” Well, you’re probably right.

Perhaps a bit more patience, and a realisation that not everything needs to be achieved right away, will help to calm us down and wait our turn. Learning to be a bit more patient can take some of the stress out of our lives.

You know, I’m just glad God our Father in heaven is not impatient.

For, in his timing, Jesus has promised to come back again for those who have become the family of God, through personally repenting of our sin and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

But we may, of course, ask ourselves: “Why the delay? What is he waiting for? Isn’t he getting a bit impatient by now?”

His answer comes to us from the Bible, where it says: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

So yes, Jesus is waiting to come back here to this world. He is being patient with us but one day, he will come again.

My prayer is that, on that day, when the waiting is over, we will realise the delay has been worthwhile and God’s patience has been a good thing, because many more of us, by that time, will know him as our friend, our Lord, and our Saviour.

As we come into this time of summer, may God bless you and your family as you come to know our patient God.

The Rev David Paton, of Largo Baptist Church, writes in the East Fife Mail.