God Killed My Goldfish

3:30 am Wendy van Eyck 3 Comments

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
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I often forget that God is patient. This is probably what killed my goldfish.

My goldfish lived in ice cold water at the bottom of the garden with her (or perhaps his) two identical fishy friends. They hadn’t lived with us very long (less than 24 hours) when my husband and I ended its life. 

It wasn’t the cold that killed it, or lack of food, or one of the birds that is always prowling for a snack. My goldfish was killed by impatience. My impatience.

I couldn’t wait for the fish to feel comfortable enough to swim out from under the rock. In my urgency I urged my husband to lift the rock so we could see them better. 

Innocent enough. But then disaster struck.
In moving the rock, we accidentally caught one of the fish under it, crushing it and ultimately killing it. It was awful to watch and I felt so stupid standing there wishing I’d been more patient.

As the fish fought for life, I wished I’d remembered that God wants me to be like him, and that God is beyond patient. (After all he puts up with me when I blame him unjustly for killing my fish.) 

God patiently lingered in my life till I found him. 

I do not weary him when I beg him to tell me what his plan is for my life. He just asks me to be patient like him.

Or when I do a despicable job of letting the people I love know that Jesus likes them even when they don’t like themselves, God is still patient with me.

God is patient with me, even when I am impatient with him. (<-- click here to tweet this)

It’s a challenging thing to realize that God is patient. It is especially hard when we grasp that he wants us to be like he is to us – all the time - to the people (and goldfish) in our lives.
Who do you need to be more patient with today?

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