Preparing emotionally for my son’s upcoming surgery has my nerves about as cool as a whistling teapot. I’m in dire need of patience and wisdom. It did my heart good to see God providing this in some of my reading this week.
Just pray God is patient with me, as I’ve let myself lose valuable time and focus on Him.
I think we all could learn a little patience sometimes. For the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, nor does looking back make things any better. Sometimes, we simply need to learn to wait, understand, and trust even when we don’t have all the answers.
Our most excellent adventure now moves into the second of the sections in chapter seven: Patience. Yes dear reader, I am going over this one carefully myself, since patience is really not my strongest suit! The topic is set clearly enough in verse 8:
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
This verse hearkens back to the discussion in the previous section about houses of mourning and the day of death being better than the day of birth; a matter is best concluded in life, rather than begun, for in its conclusion we know if we have concluded it properly and in a way pleasing in the eyes of God. Likewise, it is better to be patient than proud. If you stop and think about pride, it might not seem to line up well with patience, for all too often…
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