I’ve been learning a new meaning of the verse “love is patient” as of late (see 1 Corinthians 13). It’s hard to be patient when you know something is happening soon. I think back to graduation high school, getting married, having a baby—those were all impatient times of my life. I was always looking forward to something special, something wonderful, something I was waiting for with great anticipation. And, now, I find myself doing that again. It’s hard to wait, when something is just ahead. Just the same, God’s word tells us that love is, indeed, patient. So patient I am trying to be. As our busy deployment days wind their way down, I’m trying to enjoy each moment. Yes, it’s been difficult, but, I’ve also created some wonderful memories with my little girl. Walks, trips to the zoo, craft days, where the house was exploding with pieces of fabric and scrapbook supplies, lazy days watching movies, trips to see family.
God definitely taught me a lot, about depending on Him. I’ve also found that I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was. I really wasn’t sure I could handle this house and the parenting thing on my own, but I did. I really think we’ve come out stronger at the other end, which is saying a lot. So, as I wait out these last few days of the deployment, I have nothing but thankfulness in my heart. Thankfulness for my wonderful family and friends, that have given us so many prayers, love and encouragement. Thankfulness for my husband, who has empowered me with his prayers and encouragement across the miles, and thankfulness for my Savior, who has strengthened me on this journey.
So, instead of being impatient, I’m trying to be thankful, and looking at all the love in my life.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4, NIV).
What are you thankful for today?