Patience, Have Patience

Anyone remember Quigley’s Village? Danny Lion and his sister, Lemon? Singing that song?

Patience, have Patience? Obviously, some children learn better than their mothers! 

 I received a specific message I know God meant for me to read yesterday. His gentle reminder that He knew where I was the day before and the place of patience was not its name. With a very curious crawling 8-month old grandson (think greased up bowling ball with a thousand limbs and nowhere to grasp on- he weighs 25 pounds!) and the very (every day is a party waiting to happen, and limits, what limits?) 6-year old granddaughter.

I was convicted. 

 No, not just convicted.  

I was waylaid, ambushed, smitten, yea, struck down by a statement of Ann Voskamp’s in one of her blog posts that I just happened to read{Now is not an emergency to rip through, but a moment to embrace with gratitude.}

I think I’ve spent most every waking moment of my life living like it WAS an emergency to rip through.

It was tough! Not enough sleep for several days and a road trip in the days leading up to it created a physical exhaustion which limited my ability to be kind when it was most needed, and I was counting the hours til i could collapse. I’m sorry kids!

God used her words to truly point out, in the kindest fashion, what the problem is- I gave up praying for patience years ago, decided that the only way I was going to get through the tough stuff was endurance- just get me through it, Lord, I don’t care how. And He answered me. I did. I had endurance and I got through a LOT OF STUFF. Just tucked in and trudged through the mire and mud.

 Now- “Ouch, that velvet hammer on the head hurts, Lord!”- I realize that is exactly why I need to pray for patience in the here and now! Yes, I feel like dirt, had NO patience with the darling granddaughter (duh, of course, if you don’t ask for it….). So, I pick myself up off the disastered floor from the day before yesterday and move forward and press on.

Toward Patience which is really Love by another name!

 

Ok, I’m slow. 

I get it now. 

About time. 

 

Some lessons take a lifetime to learn!

Thanks, Lord! For meeting me where I am.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

1 Corinthians 13:4

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