It sure is interesting how God works. Today I am having hand surgery, the kind where they take my thumb apart and put it back together. The recovery takes several months, so I’m going to need an extra measure of patience for the season ahead.
My new book, Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patience, teaches children to be patient. Now I’ll have to employ a good deal of patience—the very thing I taught in the book—while I have use of only one hand and heal. So to that end, and for all of you who need a bit of encouragement as you learn patience now or in the future, here are a few inspiring quotes that may help. God’s not finished with any of us yet!
“God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction,” Richard Cecil. Yup, I think surgery might be my furnace at the moment.
“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world,” Helen Keller. What a woman she must have been!
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait—it’s how we behave while we’re waiting,” Joyce Meyer. Very true. I’ll remember that when I have physical therapy. Smiles.
“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures,” Joseph Addison. Hmmm. Got to ponder this one.
“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience, and to respect the fury of nature,” Paulo Coelho. Interesting.
“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character,” Heraclitus. When all is said and done, may you and I be found with a new measure of patience and stronger, more godly character that will bless others, especially God.
How is God teaching you patience? I’d love to know!
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