Waiting Can Produce Patience



“For who hopes for what she sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8: 24-27  


I am ashamed to write this, but at almost 100 years of age patience is a virtue that needs developing in my life. The past months I am being required to live as an evacuee since mold damage to my house and most fabric covered furniture and bedding has been condemned and hauled away. Finally some work is being done on my house, and if I understand correctly, my insurance company is to pay for new furnishings. Though I wait for what I do not see, I’m trying to wait as patiently as I should.

But evidently my house was the only one in the housing addition that received major damage; I didn’t rush into having the house built, but since its damage, have wondered if I was too proud of it, was one reason God allowed it to be damaged. But God’s children aren’t promised protection from the ills of life; so when a hurricane comes through a town, village, or subdivision, God allow the rain to fall on the just and unjust.

I remember in 1997 when the Tornado caused so much damage in Arkadelphia, my house was not damaged, but it was not in the path of the tornado, or it would have received some damage.


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your many blessings, for though Your children are not exempt from all adversities of life, You are in control and won’t allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to stand our ground against Satan and remain faithful to You.


Doris Lisemby