“Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.” Ephesians 4:2 GNT
I know the title seems odd, but here at my house we love the straight face emoji. We use it for the following… “Really?!”, “Why did you do that or say that”, “When a joke is turned around on you”, etc…. We have little quirks like that in our family. I know exactly what my husband is thinking just by his facial expression, my kids know exactly what I am thinking just by my face. I don’t see it but, I have a feeling God uses facial expressions, and I know the “Straight Face” is one of them.
I’m not only a Pastor’s Wife, I also work a full time job at a Dr’s office. So one day, a patient came in and slammed her phone down, and said “I have no patience with people right now.” My immediate response was “I understand”. I say my patience is like this (imagine me putting my thumb and index finger together). In reality I would have maybe 1/2 mm left of patience. Then I felt God giving me the “Straight Face”, and saying “Really Toni?!”. You can say a lot with your facial expression, and God was letting me know to calm down. God looks at me and says, “I’m patient with you, so how about being tolerant of others”. Then I give the “Clinched Teeth” face, saying “Ouch” that hit hard and is so true. Thank God He has patience with me.
Instead of smiling and encouraging her, I vented along with her. That day it could have taken one smile and an encouraging word, to turn her day around, & I failed. So God totally used the “Straight Face” on me that day, & other days I’m sure.
I want God to use His “Big Smile Face” towards me. So I need to remember Ephesians 4:2 for sure, “Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.” Some people just need someone to tolerate them & love them. It could make their day & yours.
When you only have 1/2 mm of patience left, stop & catch your breath. Remember God has patience with you, I know He has patience with me, Thankfully.
A Pastors’ Wife Finding Herself