A man's wisdom gives him patience;
it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
My patience, and tolerance to rudeness, was sorely tested yesterday. Here's what happened...
I pulled into the drive-thru line at T*co Bell and noticed an elderly gentleman in a car waiting to get into the line at the point where he was located. The problem was, it wasn't the way the line of cars was going. I don't know how long he had been sitting there, waiting there for someone to let him in. So when I got to that point, I decided to let him go ahead of me. (yah yah, i know, I'm such a nice person).
As the car ahead of me moved and I motioned for this gentleman to go ahead, some punk kid behind me, driving a topless jeep, sped around me and took that place in line - the one in front of me. I was so caught up with what was happening that I sped up thinking I could stop that yellow jeep, but forgetting about the guy who I was going to let go ahead of me.
I was so angry. My heart was thumping loudly in my chest as I calculated what, if anything, I should do. What would you do? I ended up just yelling out my window at him, "hey! that wasn't cool!" The hardest part of this whole situation was that I had to then follow him the rest of the time in line. He never looked in his rear view mirror at me or acknowledged that he heard what I yelled at him. I was seething.
As I sat there, moving one car at a time closer to the speaker and the "can I take your order?," all I could do was to stare at this punk kid, the girl in the passenger seat, and his stupid yellow jeep. He was shirtless and I noticed all of his tattoos. I watched as he and the girl lit up their cigarettes. I read the offensive bumper stickers that cluttered the back of the jeep. I noticed that the boy and the girl hardly said more than a sentence or two to each other. And I couldn't help but notice that they ordered a lot of food.
The long line gave me time to settle down a bit. As I did, all I could do was stare at this kid in front of me and try to figure him out. Why would he do such a thing? Was being rude part of his personality? Did he think nothing of cutting in front of someone in such a bold way? Maybe he was in a big hurry for some reason and felt like he needed to cut down his time in line. Or maybe he and this girl were in a fight and he was so mad that his cut in line was an impulsive decision.
I don't know and I never will. Yes, it was very rude, but there are a lot of rude and unthinking, uncaring people out there. By the time we had both given our orders and were waiting for our time to collect our food, God gave me two messages. The first being; patience is a virtue and love is patient. The other one was; you reap what you sow. I would hate to think what all this punk kid will be reaping if he continues down the path he seemed to be on.
As I write this, I feel like God is giving me one more message; it's not my place to judge. So, I'll leave it at that.
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