Being Patient In Delays

Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you feel like stripping your gears.


He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

An old train on a branch line was pulling and creaking slowly through the countryside when suddenly it lurched to a stop. The only passenger in the three-car train rose quickly to his feet and hurried to find the conductor. “Why have we stopped?” he demanded. “I’m a salesman and I have and appointment in less than an hour in the next town. Surely this old train can make it through a pasture!”

The conductor smiled, “Nothing to worry about, sir. Just a cow on the tracks. Gotta wait her out.” The salesman returned to his seat, fuming and fidgeting until the train began to creep forward again about ten minutes later. It chugged along for a mile or two and then ground to a halt once again.

This time the conductor found the salesman. “Don’t worry,” he said. “We’ll be on our way shortly. It’s just a temporary delay.” The exasperated salesman asked, “What now? Did we catch up to the cow again?”

What the salesman didn’t know was that the schedule for this particular train had been made so as to allow for temporary delays and cows on the track! The salesman made his appointment, but he was worn to a frazzle by his own frustration and concern.

Allow for delays. You’ll enjoy life’s journey more.


From “God’s Little Devotional Book”, pgs. 12-13

Copyright (c) 1995 by Honor Books, Inc.

P.O. Box 55388

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74155


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