I was feeding my son's guinea pig a few moments ago. She's an antisocial pet, except with my youngest. Whenever he holds her, she loves to snuggle up next to him, or crawl in the pocket of his robe. She definitely has a connection with him. So when I went to feed her, she did what she typically does---runs and hides in her cage, trying to avoid my touch.
Since my son wasn't here to love on her, I made a point of petting and talking to her. She tolerated it, but I could tell she wasn't liking it one bit. As soon as I closed the door to her cage, she took one sniff of her food and then ran to the wire frame, standing on her hind legs, wanting attention. She desired affection on her own terms.
Her actions reminded me so much of how we often tend to be in our Christan life. We want things our own way, and on our own conditions. We want God to give us patience, and to do it right NOW. We desire to be changed, but then don't enjoy the trials we face to bring about that change. We need to turn our eyes to the Lord, and seek out His terms instead of demanding our own. Only then will we truly learn what He has for us.