“Patience is not the ability to wait. Waiting is a fact of life. Patience is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”
Whoever said patience was a virtue, sure got it right! We live in a society where we have a really hard time being patient. We are so used to getting things quickly that we often get very easily frustrated when we have to wait for something. The bottom line is, many things in life are worth waiting for and when they do actually happen for us, in hindsight we see that the timing was actually perfect!
I remember being overdue for my son to be born and sharing my frustration with my grandmother. She always had great wisdom and when I asked her about when she thought I would ever have this baby, she simply replied not missing a beat… “When the apple is ripe, it will fall!” Very true isn’t it? Simply it means, when the time is right, it will happen!
My daughter has incredible musical abilities. She plays piano, flute and has a very lovely singing voice. The only problem is she was shy and nervous to share her talents with the world. For years I encouraged her to play and sing in public, or to audition for a play but she clearly was not ready. She was interested, but it was not her season, her time. Recently that has all changed! She is now in band and choir, is playing keyboard and singing in the youth group band, and has recently landed her first role in a local production of Annie. I am so proud of her! It is a beautiful thing to witness someone blossoming in his or her talents. It is incredible to see people believe in themselves and take wings and fly! I cannot wait to see her on stage. I know it will be a pivotal moment for her that we will always recall fondly. Nowadays it is a rare thing to not hear Shannon singing some Broadway show tune or playing piano or flute around the house. I am not complaining though, because it is literally music to
my ears. No pun intended!
It is also so amazing with my students in class when they finally “get” it! Learning is very individualized. Everyone learns at his or her own pace. Kids may be struggling with a difficult math concept or having trouble reading, and then things begin to take a turn for the better! That moment when you see the lightbulb go off and it finally registers, and that kid is making progress is so amazing! It is so rewarding to witness and often becomes one of the true highlights of this interesting career called teaching.
Several years ago, I recall an encounter I had with a wounded butterfly on my lawn. Out for a walk on a beautiful spring day, I noticed a little butterfly struggling in the grass. Not only did it have a large chunk missing from its wing, but to add insult to injury, our sprinklers were on and it was completely soaked. Despite these seemingly insurmountable odds, the butterfly
fluttered and flapped, trying to get off the ground. I was moved with compassion at the determined tenacity of this little creature and had to intervene! I carefully lifted the fragile insect to my driveway to give it an opportunity to at the very least dry out. My husband witnessed this and expressed his opinion that my efforts with virtually pointless. He saw no potential in the little butterfly. Ignoring him, I was determined to try to help at least. For many
hours I checked in on my tiny winged friend. My husband kept saying that the butterfly could NEVER fly with wings like that, but guess what? My story has a happy ending because I actually witnessed it fly away and I was very touched by this sight!
Maybe you feel like that butterfly. You are trying so hard to fly, but it is not yet your time, eventhough you wish so much that it was! Life has dealt you some hard blows and as much as you are trying to get higher in life, you have never felt lower. Your time is coming my friend! Don’t give up! When the time is right it will happen! It is not about how you start, but how you finish. I have been where you are and I have lived to tell that we must keep on
believing that God’s timing is perfect and there is truly a season for everything in life. I had several miscarriages, and remember feeling I may never be a mom, but I am now so blessed with my two children Tyler and Shannon. God is so good and I cannot imagine my life without them.
Maybe you are ready to share your gifts and talents with the world but you are shy or nervous. You wonder what others will think or say, or you are afraid of failure. You will never know what you are capable of if you don’t put yourself out there! You are an amazing person who has so much to offer this world! Step up to the mic and let’s hear your voice! I believe in you and so does God! So listen up! Stand up straight! Shoulders back! Take a deep breath and smile!
Relax because this is your time or your time’s coming. Rest in that knowledge
and enjoy your moment … whenever it comes!
Little Lesson Learned: There is a right time for everything and good things do come to those who wait!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven.
Until next time,