“How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more patience would have achieved success” Elbert Hubbard
I just sat and stared at the paper for a moment, listening to my baby crying because she doesn’t want to go to sleep. I jotted down a few thoughts: My new glasses; breaking in something new; make every step count. . . Random thoughts.
It is the glasses. I keep adjusting them on the bridge of my nose but it seems they slip, or I have to lift them to take the pressure off of my nose. I wanted a wider frame. My husband tried to warn me but I wouldn’t listen. I thought it would give me a certain look.
How wrong I was. I’ve admitted to him that he was right. But a few hundred dollars later I may have to endure.
Have you ever made a wrong call? You were so sure of something and you took the plunge. Adjusting to these glasses reminds me of the earlier years of my faith. It was all new. I had no clue what I was in and what was expected of me.
So what did I do? During those days it was a lot of trial and error. . . and still is! There were times when I threw up my hands and said, “Being a Christian is too hard. I can’t do this.”
I wanted to do everything right and wanted it to happen NOW. Then there would be moments when I would hear myself just praising God for His wonders and patience with me.
I learned to go to the source, to ask questions, to seek answers for myself, rather than looking for others to give me the answers without doing anything. I didn’t just sit back and expect things to just happen. I learned to use what I had to get what I needed.
I finally felt as if I was gaining ground spiritually. My understanding increased. I witnessed my faith increase as I faced challenges. It was a process yet out of it came enlightenment and healing which has allowed me to share with others, to be a beacon of hope to others.
Suddenly, my new glasses seemed less and less problematic. I needed to remember what my walk in faith had taught me. . . hang in there. It will get better.
It’s amazing how I started out with just random thoughts on a piece of paper and God’s Spirit has carved out something to think about. . .
Breaking into something new requires patience with self and others. Bumps in the road are not uncommon. It is the end result you have to look forward to.
What I am enjoying with my new glasses is being able to see tiny print. I’ve decided to give it time, to work with them. I am reminded through the example of my faith walk that the reward will far outweigh temporary inconvenience.
Let me know what you think.
Keep the faith,
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