A couple months ago I stopped at a crosswalk to allow pedestrians to cross the street. People kept coming and crossing so I kept waiting. As the group of pedestrians finished crossing, an impatient driver a couple cars behind me honked his/her horn because I wasn’t moving. What that driver couldn’t see was one last pedestrian crossing the road from the other direction.
A couple days ago I waited to turn left onto a busy road. After two minutes (I kept track of the time), the driver of a car behind me (who was not been there the whole time) impatiently honked, wanting me to turn. What this driver couldn’t see because trees blocked her/his vision was a car coming from our left. This car would have hit me if I turned after the honk.
Are there times you or others become spiritually impatient? The Lord said, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God has a plan for us. He sees things we don’t see. He gave us prophets and apostles to provide greater vision of His plan. If we are like these impatient drivers, who trusted more in what they could see than what the car in front of them could see, we can end up in spiritually dangerous situations.
This reminds me of an account in the Book of Mormon after people saw the sign of Christ’s birth: “And there were no contentions, save it were a few that began to preach, endeavoring to prove by the scriptures that it was no more expedient to observe the law of Moses. Now in this thing they did err, having not understood the scriptures.” (3 Nephi 1:24). Do we follow the living apostles or do we honk impatiently at them, wanting them to go or turn or stop or do something other than what they are doing?