Shooting any kind of wildlife can be a tedious process. Even shooting something as common as a blue jay demands a lot of patience. Blue Jays are suspicious birds, quickly flying away with the least disturbance. I have been trying off and on for two years to get some good, sharp close shots of these colorful creatures. Finally, after many attempts, many bad shots and many hours sitting and waiting, I was able to capture some images that accomplished what I wanted. The process involved in successfully capture wildlife is one of careful planning, scoping out a great location, finding a hidden place to wait and then waiting. Animals don’t pose well. They don’t appreciate instructions hollered at them from the trees. The only way to get the perfect pose is to wait for the unsuspecting critter to spontaneously strike that position. The entire process requires much patience, but the end results can be breathtaking.
We need patience in our Christian life as well. Often we get in a hurry, not willing to wait on God to provide for us or reveal His direction for us. We tend to expect God to act similarly to a fast food restaurant or local department store. Our expectation of rapid, courteous service has no foundation in Scriptures. Instead, the Bible reminds us of the need for patience. God’s Word leaves no doubt that God’s timing and purposes are not man’s. There is no reasonable justification for anything but patience in our requests of our Lord. The same is true in our dealings with one another. None are as we would like them to be. All men fall short of our expectations. The infection of sin is not easily removed. All of us struggle, and fail. In our dealings with each other, we need patience. Patience to allow time to grow and mature in Christ. Patience to put up with their quirks and weaknesses. Patience to suffer wrongs and endure offenses. Let us be patient in our dealings with one another. Let us be patient as we wait on the Lord. Let us be patient that He may be glorified by our life.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded on toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:4-6)
Nikon D80 800mm f/16 1/80 sec. ISO-640