I have heard “Be careful what you pray for – you just might get it!” I pray for patience on a regular basis. Today was an exercise in that virtue. My mom and I left the house this morning after breakfast for her first doctor’s appointment. I even left the breakfast dishes in the sink to make sure we arrived on time, which we did. After 45 minutes of waiting, they finally called her in for the first exam and questions from the nurse. Then we went back into the waiting room before going into another exam room to wait for the doctor. When he arrived, he spent about 2 minutes with us, which was really all we needed, but we ended up finally seeing him after being there for over an hour. We had planned on going home before her second doctor’s appointment, but didn’t have time so we headed straight over. Luckily we did have time to split a salad at the hospital cafe before needing to check in. When we arrived at the check in desk, we found that she was scheduled for the wrong doctor. We changed the appointment and headed back out. The hospital has a valet service that we used, which makes it much easier for my mom. But we had to wait over 30 minutes for them to retrieve the car. We were able to make a quick stop at the bank and drug store on the way home, so we were a little productive. When we finally got back home almost 5 hours after leaving, I was greeted by the dirty breakfast dishes waiting for me. As a priest friend always says, “Oh, sigh…” All in all, my mom and I did a pretty good job not losing our cool. I also have heard that if you pray for something, such as patience, God may not just give it to you, but give you the opportunity to grow in that way. That seemed very true today.
I Found God today practicing patience.