Door Post Verses: Patience

by Laura W. Watts

Standing under the canopy of the Angle Oak tree in Charleston, SC, I was awestruck by its grandeur and majesty. Uniquely sculpted by forces of nature in stunning twists and bends, this masterpiece of our Creator, God, has endured the test of time. 

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8 NKJV).

Like the beauty of this oak tree, our patience is shaped through the countless struggles of life.  As we persevere through each trial, we develop more and more into the image of Christ, until we stand strong and become a refuge for others to receive God’s patience through us.    

 

 

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Waiting on God: Seeing the Hidden Blessings

I have felt recently like I’m in limbo. Waiting has become a habit of life, but not one I usually get excited about. That’s changing.

When we wait on God, we get His blessings down the road, but more importantly, we get Him now. We seek Him harder than we would have otherwise. We understand better who He is and what’s He capable of doing. Maybe at first, we cling to Him because we think that’s our only option. But then we want to cling to Him and follow Him more than pursuing our own whims and selfish desires. Our dependence on Him grows, and we want what He can make out of our lives, not what we can do with it. 

 

 

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Bloom

 

I’m waiting for it to bloom. My dad surprised me by planting a hydrangea bush in the flower beds. What’s the color of the future buds? Blue, my favorite.

Right now it’s just a stubby little stick. But it’s taller than it was a month ago. If you didn’t know it was there, you would probably step on it if you were weeding the beds. Little but stout.

Some hopes of mine are little and stubby, but I trust God that they will bloom. ...

 

 

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One More Edit

I didn’t want to upload it one more time. After nine uploads and nine thorough edits of my entire e-book, I didn’t want to fix it again. Couldn’t it just be done? Couldn’t I get away with not fixing that spacing that I had somehow missed?

I knew the answer was no. And for good reason—to make my book the best it could be. Every hour I had spent formatting paragraphs and endnotes, every minute I had carefully scrolled through the whole book, every second of patience was worth ...

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