Patience in the Process

One thing I am not – is patient. Well, sometimes I can be, but I feel the older I get, the more IM-patient I act. I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve known older folks that had a hard time waiting.

Spring Daffodils growing

Spring Daffodils growing

It’s not just about waiting – it’s about not blowing my stack when something doesn’t go my way. I wish I could be like the daffodils. They don’t have to worry about HOW they’re growing – they just grow – in response to light, warmth, and water. Hmmm. Reminds of a verse I learned as a child from the Gospel of Matthew. “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither nor spin yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

What’s the point here? I’ve heard it said, “This too shall pass.” It will eventually, and things will be different. It’s when we lose hope for change in ourselves and in others that tragedies occur, such as what happened over the weekend with a popular comedian. When we battle the same things for years and years, we lose hope when nothing changes – or the changes are for the worse.

I’ve battled low self-esteem and some depression since I was a young woman. But I have hope that nothing bad lasts forever. I’m determined to be like the daffodil. As long as I respond to light, love, warmth, and water – I’ll be OK.

What if you don’t have access to the right elements – light, love, warmth, and water? Seek them out. Seek them in the people who love you. Seek them in a community of fellow men who believe in those things.

Because things WILL change. Nothing stays the same. The earth is constantly moving and we are moving with it. Don’t lose hope for change. Don’t believe the lie that you can’t change or that others can’t. Because you can and they can. Change is as natural as breathing. These daffodils don’t have to think about it. Why do we?

This week I’m talking life process here. Next week, I’ll talk about the writing process again. Because I’m about to take the next step.

In full bloomTo end today’s post, look at the final product. After growing for a couple of months, the daffodil is tall and in full bloom.

That’s what I want to be like. I want to reach my heights, I want be in full bloom. What about you? What are you dealing with? Leave a comment and let me know. I’ll be glad to pray for you. Because I believe prayer can change things. They’ve even done scientific studies on it.

 

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