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“Are we there yet?” I fidgeted in the back seat while scenery of trees, fields and homes passed by. As an impatient seven-year-old, I remembered many times my parents replied with, “We’ll be there soon.

“When will that be?” I whined.


I looked over at my sister and wondered how I could pester her to relieve the monotony of my boredom.

“Ouch! He pinched me!” she screamed.

“Don’t pick on your sister,” my parents warned, with frustration in their voices. “Just be patient. It’s just a little while longer.”

I’ve often thought back to those long road trips during our fall vacations. How impatient I used to be. I now tell people, “If I wanted patience, I’d be a doctor.” Others have joked, “Lord, give me patience and give it to me quick.”

Years later...

Years after this experience, I started getting to know the young lady who would become my wife. “Have you started dating yet?” people would ask.

“No I’ve just known her for less than a month.”

“Well, what are you waiting for?” they’d respond.

We started dating, and people just changed the question: “Well, when are you getting married?

“We’ve only been a couple for a month, what’s the rush?”

Eventually—longer than a month—I did marry her. And it was during our wedding reception that my father-in-law asked bluntly, “So, when are you going to have kids?” It seems that we humans are not content with where God has placed us. We are always wanting something more.

Paul tells us, “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11). I can’t say that I have learned that lesson completely. But I’m working on it.

I am trying to enjoy the boring times, finding the joy of rest, and noticing the small things. I am trying to enjoy where I am now, and not just keep looking for that house or car I’ll have someday.

And maybe someday—soon, I hope—I’ll stop asking, “Are we there yet?”

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