Patiently learning Patience

I did my lateral flow test this morning. I’m still positive. I thought I’d have COVID for a week and then be better. It hasn’t worked this way…

We’ve already missed family birthday celebrations, cancelled a theatre trip, postponed coffee appointments… And this week I have things to do, people to see…

Musing…I have to be patient to learn patience…

Reading yesterday of Mary Jones and her Bible. Born in a poor Welsh family in 1784, Mary decided when she was 8 that she wanted a Bible. She didn’t go to school, couldn’t read, her family had no money…

Each week she walked miles for school and reading lessons; she earnt money… Finally, six years later she’d saved sufficient money. Only 15 years-old she walked 25 miles to Bala (barefoot, so she wouldn’t wear out here shoes!) to buy her precious Bible.

Musing… Patience takes time and involves determination.

Reading this morning… King Saul and his army are hunting for David, wanting to kill him. David and his band of misfits are hiding at the back of a cave. Saul comes into the cave to ‘relieve himself’ (wonderful euphemism!)

David’s friends say: ‘Now’s your chance! Kill him!’ David gets close enough to Saul to cut the corner off his robe – to prove he could have killed him. The opportunity didn’t justify the action.

Musing… Patience waits for the right timing…

When our children were young they listened to ‘The Music Machine’… including a song about a snail called Herbert:

Have patience, have patience
Don’t be in such a hurry
When you get impatient, you only start to worry
Remember, remember that God is patient, too
And think of all the times when others have to wait for you

St Paul said: ‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience…’ Love, joy and peace are always good… patience isn’t always that comfortable or convenient…

Musing… I can be patient because God is… Lesson for Mary, David, Herbert… and me.

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