They come when you are grumpy and tired. They come when you’ve spent your energy and are done.
If you are like me, you can do pretty well with expected opportunities to shine. You can plan and prepare. Maybe practice a bit in your mind, you know, go through the situation a few times mentally. But the unexpected opportunities are not in your plans. They are inconvenient. They come with people who are demanding and immature. They come from people who have already spent the allotted amount of patience you have for them.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 NIV
I know that the word humble can be a hard one to understand. It has nothing to do with being humiliated. Being humble in the way this verse refers to is a state of resting in a security of self that is forged by your salvation. It is knowing who you are in Christ as well as knowing who Chist is in you: He is Savior, forgiver, redeemer, creator, all powerful God. He is your guide, your strength, your hope and your peace. He is the great I AM and is unlimited in power and reach. He is the light of the world.
Being humble means that you can be happy and content when you are not in control.
Being gentle means that you have unclinched your hands from steering the direction of your life and have let Jesus take the wheel.
Being patient means bearing with those who don’t deserve your patience and loving people who are not easy to love.
I’m not really talking about the big things here but the little ones. The unexpected phone calls. The interruptions that add or postpone your to-do list. The change of plans because some people are unorganized.
These are the moments when being humble matters the most.
There are the moments when being gentle makes all the difference.
These are the moments when others will recognize that the patience you are extending to them is not natural but must be from God.
These are the moments Jesus shines through you. These are your unexpected opportunities to shine your light.