Patience Is A Virtue

I never cease to be amazed at the various ways which God uses to teach us, lead us and show us the paths we need to pursue in life. Now if we choose to recognize and heed these nudges or close our eyes and ignore them is an entirely different matter. As I have grown older and wiser, and more importantly as my relationship with God has matured, I have learned it is much better to listen to the still small voice of God and heed the teaching rather than put my fingers in my ears and blinders on my eyes. One of these moments happened to me just the other day and I was so caught up in my own thinking that I almost missed God reminding me of just who is in control.

There are many things in life for which I have an abundance of patience and which have come very naturally to me. On the other hand there are things that I have acquired patience for as I have grown older and I would like to think a bit wiser. And then there is yet another hand, or perhaps better put a foot, in which it seems my impatience has grown worse and typically this centers around my inability to learn new things or to make things happen as I think they should.

I will be the first to admit that I have found the technical aspect of setting up this blog exasperating and I have been on the verge of throwing in the towel on more than one occasion. This despite the fact that I knew it was something God was leading me to tackle, but it was so out of my comfort and knowledge zone that I just couldn’t see anyway that “I” could make it happen. As I explained to Jackie and my mom, it was like having a car on the garage floor in a million unlabeled pieces and the instruction manual was written in Chinese! With much effort I did continue however I didn’t feel the joyful sense of purpose I had when I first started.

Saturday I had just sat down to start writing when the phone rang. It was the woman who owns a local little antique store and she called to ask if I was still looking for a covered glass cake stand . She had just gotten one in and it was in perfect condition. To be honest I had forgotten all about the cake stand which months earlier I had searched high and low for to no avail. I always thought they looked so pretty sitting on a kitchen counter displaying freshly baked goods but had never had one. At that time I was unable to locate a used one and I was unwilling to part with $39.00 for a new one and I just forgot about it. Until the phone call which peaked my desire all over again. Jackie had to go pick up seed for the hay-field and I asked if he would mind stopping and picking it up for me. It wasn’t until after he left I remembered that I neglected to ask how much she wanted for it however I was confident Jackie would not overpay. When he got home, you can imagine my delight when he handed me the beautiful, mint condition cake stand and told me that it only cost $9.00!

It wasn’t until later that afternoon when I had finished putting eight chocolate frosted cupcakes in my new stand and stepped back to admire beauty of something so simple, that I heard God’s still small voice whisper to me. He was saying, “Patience little one. And above all, trust Me”.

Until we meet here again, I pray God bless you and keep your loved ones safe.