Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Proverbs 14:29 NIV
Long wait times have become a defining characteristic of the Canadian health care system. In 2016, the Commonwealth Fund ranked Canada last among 11 countries surveyed on wait times for specialist care. Roughly one-fifth of Canadians report being negatively affected by wait times, citing experiences of stress, anxiety, pain, lost income, delays in diagnosis and treatment, duplications of tests, and deterioration in their conditions. In general, patients consider 3 months to be the maximum acceptable wait time for a specialist appointment.
I love the wisdom of Solomon. God had given him the special gift of noticing what was happening in the world around him through the eyes of discernment, and then recording the principles he saw at work in the world around him. So, when we read the book of Proverbs, most of which were written by Solomon, we gain insight into wisdom and principles that mark the human condition and human relationships. In Proverbs 14:29 he wrote: “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” We see this in the world all the time. Too often, when people fly off the handle, they end up injuring others, which in the long run leads to all sorts of challenges for them, and harm to others. How much wiser to invite the Holy Spirit to produce in us the fruit of patience. It takes Him to work in us, taking us through whatever is necessary for us to become patient. It seems a more difficult task for some than others. You know what He needs to do in your life. If you find yourself getting easily angry, and hurting others, ask the Lord to produce patience.
These have been words from the heart.