Be Patient & Don’t Grumble

Having a garbage disposal explode all over the kitchen isn’t exactly an example of enduring suffering, but it certainly was a test of patience for me this morning. Underneath my sink and all over my hardwood floor were the remnants of apples, beets, and oranges. It was a mess…a chunky, bright red mess.

As I was cleaning up the kitchen, I could feel the anxiety and stress rising up within me. I thought about all the things I had to do and how this wasn’t the way I wanted to start my day.
I was angry. I silently chastised my husband for not making the seal tighter when he put the sink back together a few weeks ago. I was irritated that my daughters kept asking when I was going to make them breakfast. Wasn’t it obvious that I had a disaster on my hands?

In that moment, the Lord convicted me about my attitude. He reminded me of two verses from the sermon from Sunday morning, which was about being patient in suffering.

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming.” – James 5:7, NIV
“Don’t grumble against each other.” – James 5:9, NIV

Uh oh. Guilty on two counts. I was certainly complaining in my spirit, and I didn’t have a single ounce of patience in me.

God reminded me this morning that trials, while usually inconvenient and unpleasant, are ultimately for my good. They are opportunities for me to put my faith into action. Without them, I cannot mature as a follower of Christ.

Instead of letting this unexpected incident ruin my day, I stopped, took a deep breath, and asked God to help me. Not only did He help me fix the sink but also He gave me what I needed the most – His perspective. He helped me to see that my garbage disposal fiasco wasn’t this terrible thing that happened to me, but it was a chance for me to obey 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”