The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”Nahum 1:3
I did not grow up in a house full of strife and anger as our home was a house of peace. Not to say there were not arguments or bouts of disagreements and heated exchanges, but I was never physically scared of my parents, even though I had a healthy respect for the spanking stick. Although at times I made my parents angry, I remember the times they were disappointed in me hurt me the most. My desire is that my home now also be a home of peace amidst all of the trouble that may be out in the world. We should be patient, kind and loving to one another, and we should be slow to anger as our God is to us.
I remember when I first started with my company, and I wanted to make a good impression. I was happy with the fresh start and I wanted to make an impact. I had high hopes and ambitions, but I knew absolutely nothing about insurance. Everything was new to me, and I was not always the first one to catch on to new concepts. We were thrown into the fire during training as hail storms engulfed our home office location, and we were immediately put on the phones to help cover calls. I was quite nervous when the phone would ring as I was not sure what the person on the other end of the line would ask me, and I was not sure I could help them. I was lost at times, and there were days when I was not sure if this was the job for me, but I was too far into training to rethink my decision and my parents did not raise a quitter. My dad taught me to stay in a job for at least a year, and I was determined to give it a go at this new great company.
I finally made it to my permanent team and my new manger, and my desk was placed right next to her. I was nervous about this placement, but it turned out to be a great move for me, even though I am not sure if it was for her. When I got a confusing call, I would ask to put the person on hold and my manager would spin around in her chair and look at me, awaiting my question. I am not sure how many questions I asked, but it was more than a few. She was always patient with me and kindly answered my questions. I learned much from her until I moved under a different manager. We later were united as I got promoted to another role within the company and my questions somewhat waned, but I still learned from her as she coached me on various opportunities. I desired to be a leader myself so I could train, teach and mentor others, just as I was given these opportunities.
I eventually became a leader and was given a team of my own. I get new people on my team who ask me many questions throughout the day, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. I try to remember how it was for me when I first started and the patience people had with me. My goal is to be patient, kind, and loving to them as I truly desire for them to be successful at work and in life. My patience is tried at times, but I try to not forget where I was when I first started and the kindness people showed to me. More so, I think of my God who is patient, kind, loving, and forgiving of my many shortcomings. He is slow to anger, and He treats me with mercy, kindness and perfect love. He is the all-powerful God and I am not worthy of His treatment toward me, but I am thankful for my Heavenly Father.
How about you friend? Are you slow to anger like our Heavenly Father, or are you short with people and unkind? What would people say about you? Would they classify you as a hothead? Do you resemble your Heavenly Father in moments of stress, or does your inner Hulk come out? The Creator of the universe is slow to anger, and we should follow His example. May we give thanks for the lovingkindness of our God, and may we remember His example when times get stressful and our patience runs thin. May others see God in how we react in the most adverse situations, and may He get the glory in our lives.