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Worth Waiting For
I hate to wait.
We were in a hurry. (Aren't we always.) After eating lunch we were going
to stop by the store, pick up a Diet Coke, then Susan was going to drop
me off at the office and drive to work. We had just enough time.
I searched for what I wanted and couldn't find it. They didn't have
Diet Cokes. And I don't like the other diet cola. Finally, at Susan's urging
to hurry up, I got a diet Snapple and headed for the cash register.
"Good!" I thought, "the line is short-we might still make it on time."
"Is this the kind with Iron?" The lady ahead of us asked, as she handed
the cashier a bottle of multi-vitamins.
I looked at my watch. "Why is this taking so long?" I thought. "Doesn't
this lady know I'm in a hurry and have to be somewhere?" I patted my foot
on the ground and had that obnoxious look I get on my face when I'm not
getting my way.
"Let's see," the cashier responded as she examined the bottle.
I couldn't believe it. "Why didn't this lady just read the bottle for
herself," I reasoned to myself, "why is she taking up my time to buy her
Then it hit me. Maybe she didn't read the label because she couldn't
read the label. Ouch! I felt about three inches high.
When it was my turn at the register I said, "I saw what you did for
that lady ahead of me and want to say thank you." "Oh," the cashier said,
"I thought you might be getting impatient." Ignoring her accurate comment,
I said, "It's nice to know there are people like you willing to help people
who need it."
Some things are worth waiting for.
Read "Lifting The
Weight of Wait," the sermon that corresponds to this devotional.