The other day I grabbed an Uber from LAX. The driver was a middle aged man from Jordan who had moved to the US to get away and make a living. Our conversation went something like this…
“How has your day been?” I asked.
“Very good! Everyday is a good day. I have no stress because I have patience.”
“Oh thats great.” I totally agreed so I had nothing to say.
He continued, “God gives me patience and for that I am grateful. I have a job and I am alive and I have patience so I am good. You know I lost my wife and I lost $300,000 but God gives me patience so I am happy.”
Wow. He really opened up in our 15 minute cab ride. For the sake of anonymity I’ll call him Jerry. Jerry had a lot to say so he talked and I listened. Jerry told me that his wife really wanted a baby and he spent $300,000 on tests and what not to try and have a baby. But after 13 years of marriage she was barren and the doctors told him that it was because of him. So he and his wife separated 2 years ago not because they don’t care about each other but because of their own personal goals and situations. Jerry has an older brother who fathered 13 kids from two marriages, 9 boys and 4 girls. So why did God make his brother so fertile but gave Jerry no success? Jerry said it’s all part of Gods plan and he had faith because God gave him patience. Otherwise why would he be in this situation, driving an Uber, happy for his now remarried and pregnant exwife, and happy for himself in just two years if God didn’t give him patience. He didnt feel the need to be angry or sad about the place he was in now. Instead he felt hopeful and content because he was making his money back in America and when he goes home he will find a new wife.
And that was that.