Our flight to Singapore was delayed because of mechanical problems. The 15 minute delay turned into 30 minutes, then 60, and 3 hours. The ground staff was scrambling to calm the crowd, but people were tired and soon became angry. As the night stretched on, the crowd began to turn into a mob, screaming at the staff with harsh language. The pilot even came to offer encouragement, but the crowd turned on him as well.
As I watched the scene unfold, a Singaporean man standing beside me softly said : "Patience will be a much needed virtue tonight."
Life can be frustrating, even exasperating. Yet, many times impatience is just a reflection of our own self centeredness in response to life's disappointments. But as we pray for help, God provides us with patience that reflects His love, even during frustating circumstances.