A mother called the the doctor’s office.
She was put on hold. She stood in the kitchen listening to the quiet soothing music as she waited.
“How long is this going to take?” she muttered to herself.
She held the phone to her ear with one hand and tried to put away a few dishes with the other.
A dish slipped out of her hand and crashed to the ground. She grunted in anger, but stayed on the phone. She tried to sweep it up with a broom using her one free hand.
The music continued to play.
“What is taking them so long?” she said to herself.
“Mom,” she heard a voice say. Her son came into the kitchen.
“Mom, can I have a snack?” he asked.
“Not right now, honey, I’m on the phone,” she replied.
“But I’m hungry,” he said.
“When I am done. Go play,” she said to him.
He left, but a few minutes later the boy returned. “Mom, I’m really hungry. How long until I can have a snack?”
“When I am done, I said! I’m on the phone,” she replied.
“But you aren’t talking,” her son said.
“Yes, I’m waiting for someone to answer,” she explained.
“Well, can I have a snack now? How much longer?” he asked again.
“Ugh, can’t you be patient!” she screamed.
The boys eyes welled up with tears and he ran out of the kitchen.
The music played and the mother realized what she was just as impatient as the son.
“Thanks for waiting,” the mother heard from the phone. “How can I help you today?”
“How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me?How long will you hide your face from me?”Psalm 13:2
- What lesson did the mother learn while waiting on the phone?
- Describe a time when you had to be patient. What did you do to stay calm while you waited?
- Is there anything you are waiting for God to for you?
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