I took the Metrorail train the other day from south Miami to the city’s downtown medical complex of several hospitals.
Being the first time for me, there was a learning curve.
There are no live attendants at the parking garage. You don’t pay for your parking until you buy your train ticket.
And you don’t buy your train ticket until you buy tokens from another machine.
Once you’ve bought the tokens, then you can buy the train ticket.
And once you’ve bought the train ticket, you can pay for your parking.
A bit complex, yes.
But it is far more complicated when there are no posted instructions telling you this.
I was somehow just supposed to know this.
By the way, the ticketing system used by the Miami-Dade Transit Authority is called “Easy Ticket.”
The security guards all gathered in a nearby gatehouse were of no help.
I finally figured it out after asking several people who ride the Metrorail daily.
Just before I bought the tokens to buy the ticket and to pay for the parking, a man walked up to me and offered to sell me his one-day Easy Ticket pass for half–price.
I wanted to make sure it still was good so rather than just handing him the money, I said we needed to take it to the electronic gate to make sure it worked.
I offered to pay half-price for the pass in his other hand which did work.
“No, I need that one to get home,” he said.
Rather than accuse him of trying to scam me, I simply wished him a good day and headed back to the token machine.
I got on the train eventually and made the hospital visit that I had planned.
This experience reminded me of why we need to be wise, patient, persistent, purpose-minded and quick to let go of frustrating moments.
Some people don’t explain things well to us, forcing us to do more work than we should in order to understand them.
Some people don’t consider how their ideas might appear to others. If they’d put themselves in your place, they’d see the need for improved communication.
Some people think we’re stupid and can be ripped off.
Some people would encounter various obstacles and just give up rather than pursuing their purpose, despite the obstacles.
We live in a fallen world with flawed systems and flawed people. Yet we’re still called to serve others with humility and love.
I pray that you’ll display the wisdom, patience, persistence and purpose-mindedness needed to get to where God wants you so that you’ll do what God created and called you to do.
As always, I love you