It’s Friday! Yay! Time for another episode of Friday Fiction. This slice is is brought to you by yours truly, as a result of some fun I had earlier this week as I thought about the sometimes rocky path we trod on the way to Jesus. Enjoy!
She tripped. She stumbled. She fell, and as she did an expletive escaped her lips.
“Ugh! Why is it I can’t control something so personal as my own thoughts and words!” she said. She was angry with herself. Disappointed. “I’ve tried to make my mind fertile ground for God to work in, but it’s not working.”
She didn’t know what else to do. She’d tried prayer, she’d tried meditation, she’d even tried leaving post-it notes all over her cubicle at work. That had gotten some rave reviews.
“Come on, Patience, do you really have to plaster that stuff all over your work space every day?” Jase said.
“Do you think a poster with some holier than thou words on it is going to get you where you need to go?” said Macon.
“This hang-up you have with self-control is bunk,” Maynard added. “I say let me control you, and you’ll get a lot further in this place.” Maynard was her supervisor, for crying out loud. Had he not heard of the #MeToo campaign? Ewww!
Patience wanted to quit the vulgar thoughts, the endless temptations to do what her conscience said she ought not do; her nasty addiction to snide remarks that her pastor had promised would go away once she’d invited the Holy Spirit into her life.
“Why can’t I get some freedom?” she said, staring in the bathroom mirror.
It wasn’t only the swearing. Her thought life was full of manipulation, anger, and hatred toward others. So much so, that it made her cringe. She looked at her watch. 10:45pm, her shift would be over in fifteen minutes. Then, maybe she could get some rest from the constant chatter in her head. It would take thirty minutes to get home, ten minutes to get through her night time rituals, then another five to pray before crawling under the covers and entering sweet relief.
She looked at herself in the mirror and sighed, “We can do this.”
Being Patience is an original piece of fiction written by Lori Hoose, copyright reserved.