Yesterday I wrote about those beautiful counter tops that my husband made for our house. (If you didn’t read post 59, go back and read it before this one)
After my husband put the seal and shine on my new countertops we had to let them set and dry. I think it’s supposed to be a minimum of 2 weeks in order for them to cure properly. Ideally you would want a finishing room where no dust or anything could get stuck on them but my life is never anywhere near ideal, so ours cured where they were placed in the kitchen.
It seemed to take forever for the epoxy stuff to dry. I’m not kidding. It is so humid in Lages that the curing was slow going. I lost count how many times I would sneak in and see if my finger would stick to a tiny place in the corner.
One day, as my life would have it, the electrician fella that we had hired showed up to run some wire. I wasn’t there or what I am about to tell you NEVER would have happened. Some of you are already cringing because you have guessed.
The electrician didn’t test my counter to see if it was dry before he hopped up on them to reach a light socket instead of using a ladder. To this day there is a mark from several barefoot Brazilian toes on my counter. It irritates the fire out of me when I am cleaning and run my rag over it. Mark is going to re-sand them for me and remove it, but I will always know where those toes made their mark!
I hope you aren’t bored with my counter story because I really wanted to use it for an example of how we need patience in our lives when dealing with others and ourselves. Not everything can be automatic.
Let’s dwell in the following passage today:
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4
When God deems testing necessary in your life, it is going to work patience in your life. And for patience to have her “perfect work” in you, it means you need to endure for the hope of the cause and the outcome.
And if you notice someone else is getting worked on, have patience with them.
I have found that the older I get, I am more free with my grace and patience. I used to be so hard on people as I wanted them to be like me or “get over” something. But you know, I have learned that not everyone goes through things the same way and our processing times vary.
That electrician damaged my table by stepping on it before it was cured.
I don’t ever want to damage someone’s life by pressing them before they are ready.
This week my sister and mom were on a business trip in the area. I got to spend a couple of hours with them and talk. Before my sister left, she hugged me, and she didn’t let go. It was one of those hugs that reaches into your soul and stays with you. It was her way of showing me grace and offering to patiently endure my trial with me. That is exactly what the Word of God does for us when we seek TRUTH out while we are processing.
My mother took me out for coffee and shared the wisdom from the Word of God that only seasoned Christians in their 70’s know how to share. That is offering grace and patience and it is the perfect example of how to respond to people who are processing. They need assurance that it is okay to wait.
Isn’t that God’s personal advice given to us in Psalms?
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalms 27:14
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” Psalms 39:7
Let’s be patient. Let the process work through to the end while we dwell on the Truth of God’s Word.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 1 / II Kings 1-2 / Psalm 57 / Hebrews 5