Patience

My creation for the latest Salt Challenge. I used some freebie papers to create this simple card, with a photo I took back in springtime (wistful sigh for the coolness of spring).


Andy spoke on Sunday on ‘and what next’ – talking about taking time out in a ‘no waiting’ culture – how we need everything instantly. If we go to a fast food joint and don’t get fast food, our irritation quickly soars. We want what we want now. No wonder patience is such a challenge. It reminds me I need to practise patience in the small day to day things. How otherwise can I practise it with the larger things in life? He talked about asking God ‘and what next?’ – perhaps putting down a ministry, perhaps taking up a new one. I found this very relevant – mine in some ways has been an enforced rest. Would I have put down all the things I was involved in without it? Would I have had my heart turned in such an unexpected direction? I don’t know, right now, where this direction will lead. My challenge is to be both patient and faithful – not losing sight, but consciously waiting on God, having a heart that listens but does not grab for immediacy. A heart that understands the need for growth and maturity. That the destination is only possible because of the kind of journey I have taken.

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