Patience – a work in progress

Patience is an issue I struggle with – I want things now, I want results quickly. When it come to immediate gratification I’ll be the little girl munching the marshmallow instead of waiting. It looks like my girl has the same issue, although she still has plenty of time to learn.

She had been pottering around our back yard last night for a few minutes while I was cooking. When it came time to come in for her bath I found this:


A pile of picked unripe tomatoes. She very proudly owned up that it was her who had harvested them and piled them by the tap for washing. But there was no reasoning with her that these tomatoes were not ready. She was proud of her ‘mato’ hoard.

Patience in a real learning process, one that I am still studying.  When I diet I want overnight success, when I seek God I want instant answers. A few weeks ago a read this interesting post by Eric Spier asking what would have happened if Moses had of given up waiting for God – he had to wait 7 days in the cloud on the mountain before God spoke to him. Had I been Moses I would have been gone by day 2 and missed out on what God had to say.

There is an only poem my mum used to say:

Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can,

Seldom in a woman, never in a man

This is a virtue I lack and it makes me wonder what am I missing out on because of it?

 Psalm 37: 5-7 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Lord, help me to be patient with myself and with you. Help me grow in my patience and each me how to wait on you, for you are worth waiting on.

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