"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient."1
Even though I have quoted it before, I appreciate the following ditty because there is so much truth in it:
"It's the little things that bother us and put us on the rack, you can sit upon a mountain but you can't sit on a tack!"
It's amazing how uptight and impatient I/we can become with the little annoyances of everyday life. Sometimes it seems these upset us more than big issues.
Remember, though, that the things that bug us don't cause our impatience, they just trigger it! And that's what God wants to get us to face and fix. He wants to fix us from the inside out so that we will learn both patience and every other grace.
Keep in mind, though, if you don't want to experience trials and tribulation, don't ever pray for patience! This is because we only learn patience by experiencing the things that upset and bug us.
Growth is usually slow. So, while learning to be patient with others, don't forget to learn to be patient with yourself.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to not only grow in patience but 'in faith and love and every grace / Might more of your salvation know / And seek more earnestly your face.' Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Romans 5:3 (TLB)(NLT).