Yesterday consisted of an uphill trek. One building after another, I trudged the one way streets of downtown Montgomery in pursuit of obtaining all the business licenses and tax id’s that I’ll need in order to publish and sell my novel legally. One thing that surprised me while on my journey is that I never had to wait in line. I must have went to at least six different places and twice as many departments in order to achieve my goal, but not once was I stuck behind other people and their objectives for the day.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have no patience for technical issues especially for one’s that I don’t know much about and hardly understand. While I realize that this is normal for anyone undertaking a new project, it didn’t make it any easier for me to deal with at the time. I was still anxious and impatient in not knowing what to expect next.
While I was filling out one of my last few applications at the probate office, a young couple came and stood beside me at the counter. I looked up to see the sign above them read ‘Marriage License’. I stopped and smiled to myself knowing that they were making an even more serious commitment than I was and they were doing it with smiles.
I seized the opportunity to find relief and began a healthy conversation with them, but what it demonstrates is that I still focus way too much on what is happening to me instead of happening for me. God made my experience of becoming a business owner fairly easy. It could have been much worse, with way more hassle, but He allowed me to progress with little common deterrents.
God is fully aware and it wasn’t until after talking to someone else that I realized my issue is more with the value that I place on these technicalities. If I weigh them correctly, I should understand that they are just as necessary and deserve the same effort as any other part of my ministry. While I don’t expect this irritant to naturally disappear, I do expect my behavior in the next event that presents challenge to be a little more patient and a lot more productive.
Lord, balance my scales please. I love you.
Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.