«By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone» (Proverbs 25:15).
An African fable tells of a white explorer who wanted to reach the heart of Africa as quickly as possible. He was so determined that he offered his guides more money to walk faster. They agreed, looking forward to receiving a bit more money, and moved forward at great speed for several days. However, one afternoon they fell to the ground exhausted and refused to keep going. At that point the explorer approached them and said,
«What’s going on here? We can’t stop! We have to reach our destination!» Then the men replied,
«We’ve walked so fast that we don’t even know what we’re doing. Now we have to wait for our souls to catch up with us.»
The modern world has changed much more in twenty years than in a whole century. Life used to go by more slowly. But today everything seems to happen swiftly, quickly and at breakneck speed. Now then, speed has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it’s wonderful to be able to instantly connect through Internet with your friends who are half-way across the world but, at the same time, that generates a certain level of anxiety. Why? Because we get used to doing everything quickly. So when we go to a rural area, the environment exasperates us. We’re losing serenity, the ability to enjoy what we do, savor what we eat and contemplate what surrounds us.
Sometimes it seems young people are in a hurry to grow and become adults. And there you see them, wanting to live life at full speed, not thinking about the consequences. I’ve seen hundreds of young people become unnecessarily frustrated because their wishes were not immediately fulfilled. «But you still have a lot of life to live!» I’ve told them. However, many guys and girls are in a rush when looking for a partner, choosing what to study or a profession or even a group of friends.
There was a university professor that told his students, «Unless you learn to be slow, you won’t learn to think.» Patience is one of the great keys to success in life. Yes, we have to learn to wait and not rush into things. Jesus Himself said that it’s a characteristic of His people, «Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus» (Revelation 14:12).
Ask the Lord today develop patience and learn to hear His voice.