Being a Patient vs. Being Patient

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For the past year and a half plus, I have been a patient. I have been prodded and poked, scanned and scoped until I am now at the point where i say, “Whatever. If you need to do it, just do it.”

I was thinking about that during my last treatment appointment. Someone had forgotten to cancel my lab work appointment (first two hours of the day) because I had had it done previously. However, I was told I still had to be at the center at 8:00 a.m. Which meant we had a two hour wait before even getting out of the waiting room. And then the EKG machine ran out of paper and when the nurse refilled it, the machine wouldn’t print. Four nurses practicing social crowding in my cubicle.

And I started thinking about being a patient and being patient. I am a word person and I figured somewhere there was a connection. Somewhere. Because being patient as a patient would be a good thing to be.

So I sat in the waiting room and looked around at all the socially distancing people. Many with friends but some alone. I wondered about their circumstances and whether they were enveloped with anxiety in this place in the middle of the corona-infested city or whether they were being patient. So I googled patience vs. patient.

The website told me that there was NO connection. At. all. That a patient goes for medical services. That being patient means steady perseverance during a delay in a difficult situation.

Hmm … I’m thinking that website was wrong and there IS a connection. Because sitting in that room as a patient, I was definitely having to produce some steady perseverance during a delay in a difficult situation.

So then I looked patience up in the Bible. I KNOW it’s a characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit, but what else does God say?

1. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. (Proverbs 40:1) I think that works for a medical patient, too.

2. Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) Work through the tough situations. Being patient is a good thing.

3. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12) Even during the tough times, be patient

4. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (Thessalonians 5:14) We need to be patient with each other.

5. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, (1 Timothy 2:24) When bad things are happening around us – be patient.

Being patient whether or not I’m a patient is a good thing, a characteristic commanded by the Lord, evidence that I’m walking step-by-step in the Spirit …



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