In "Max on Life" by Max Lucado he answers questions and provides insight into many spiritual issues. On question 21 about patience he states: "Impatience is selfishness with time. We don't like to waste it". But like the things we have in life - those things are not ours - they are all Gods. Time is the same -- It's God's time (see blog 01/18/10 Time is Money) not ours.
I think gardening teaches patience. I planted wild flowers May 21 and have diligently been watering. The green sprouts are there but no flower. I keep asking where are my flowers. If I water more will they grow faster? If I fertilize more will they grow faster? How can I speed up the process?
In a world of instant speed for our desires (fast food; eye glasses in an hour; iphone internet access; 24 hour news; air travel; electronic transactions; and yes gardening) we want results - NOW!
Some things just can't be sped up - birth; trust; friendship; love; ....... you add to the list.
As Max concludes: "Thankfully, God is patient while you find patience"
"Love is patient" (1 Cor. 13:4).