Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Patience

The Summer has been HOT! And productive! And filled with all kinds of happenings! But one thing that hasn't happened yet is the birth of our fourth child. We are anxiously awaiting his/her arrival and doing our best to be patient. We have learned, though, that patience is a virtue and is something God often gives us through trials.

I have this memory of visiting my grandparents' house when I was a young girl and every visit, wanting to arrange the magnets on their refrigerator. (I may or may not have a touch of OCD, the jury's still out on that one!) But there is one magnet that has always stuck out in my mind. It said something like "God, I need patience, but I need it right now!" I think this magnet now adorns my parents' frige at their house!

In any case, I find this to be a very funny magnet because it's an honest portrayal of the human heart. Many of us often forget that patience isn't just handed to us when we ask for it, especially not right away. But God is funny that way, He does not just hand it to us on a gleaming silver platter, only to be happy that we would ask for such a thing! He gives it to us in small, unsuspecting ways - sometimes on messy paper plates full of kids' whining and bad behavior, or in mountains of laundry and poopy diapers! Sometimes, He gives it to us through hardships and sacrifice and that ever-present anxiety we feel over 'X' issue.

But He does give it to us. If we are faithful. And I find that obtaining patience via this route has so much more value than just being handed a big box tied with a beautiful bow containing a never-ending supply. When our new little baby graces us with his/her presence, all the waiting and preparing, all the discomfort and emotional stress, and all those moments of impatience will disappear and in their place will be not only this beautiful new life, but a clearer understanding of His work and a stronger measure of patience we would have never known before.