The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Monday, July 9, 2012

You need to learn patience she keeps telling me!

'Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me,' were the words quoted by St. Paul after he tried to get God to remove a thorn from his side. What could this thorn be that bothered Paul, that he would rather not have it to deal with? We all have some form of thorn in our sides and in our lives that we wish would not be there; a lifelong illness that you were born with, a poor habitual practice or better yet 'a family member who rubs you the wrong way.'

Thankfully I have my wife who sets me straight when I veer off course from being patient and humble. As we waited in line at a popular U.S merchandise/grocery store I realized that the cashier next lane over was processing customers quicker than the line we were on, especially since the cashier who was serving the lady in front of us needed a price check on an item. It was easy to turn around quickly and join the next lane over, but boy would I regret that move eventually. Haven't we all heard those words before: patience is a virtue.

As I stood behind the next person to be served on the new line I watched as the lady who was standing behind me on the slow lane pay for her merchandise and leave. Wait a minute, I said to myself, that was suppose to have been me! How could this have happened? Why did I move, thinking that I was making the right choice? I stood and watched as three more customers were served on the other lane while I now felt my anxieties rising.

This was no doubt a lesson to be learnt. As I stood behind the next person to be served (making me the third in line), I now had to pay attention to what was taking the cashier so long. The customer  being served was paying for her groceries with government issued welfare checks, so the process was normal, but lengthy. All items being purchased were baby food items, so each item had to be checked off against the item that was listed on each check stub.

I stood in amazement thinking to myself how I was so quick to change lanes, not knowing what I was getting myself into. I would not lie, but I was getting extremely anxious and wanted to say something. Maybe I decided to reserve my comments and frustration because I was touched by the mother on welfare, but I know there was a point when  I recognized that if ever I needed to learn patience it was at this moment.

Recognizing our weaknesses and faults are the first step to healing and recovery. We all have thorns in our sides as did St. Paul. It's easy to go through life with no problems  and errors, but that can only bring about pride, as we can begin to feel superior to everyone with no need to call on God. Our thorns makes us a humble being with a constant need to communicate with God. As difficult as it is to accept such a thorn of impatience 'I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.' Embrace your thorns, by acknowledging that you have the strength for everything through him who empowers you.

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