As summer approaches, (in Florida, it’s already here), I am reminded of the hot, sunny days on the farm in Nebraska growing up. In retrospect, I am deeply grateful to have grown up with a huge backyard to play in and miles of countryside to walk, run, and bike on with little to no worries. We could make as much noise as we want and our neighbors, about quarter of a mile away, would probably never hear. When I was younger, I yearned to live in town so I could participate in more activities, however, I’m thankful for the summers and fall, the beauty that nature provided for us in the country. Acres of green grass, crops, gardens, beautiful flowers, plants, bushes and trees of all kinds. (Although in my opinion nothing beats a pretty palm tree!)
For this blog, I found a note I had published in 2011, while living in an apartment in South Tampa. I talk about the subject of patience and tolerance. There are pros and cons to living in the city, but I’m thankful I did not grow up in an apartment such as this story mentions below!
Written in 2011-
As I write this note, my neighbor is playing his tuba below outside my window, which led me to do a little writing. When I first heard this about 6 months ago, I was almost ready to go out and give this person a peace of my mind! Imagine the sound of a tuba echoing throughout 3 stories of the building for about 30 minutes as I am trying to have my quiet time with God!!! How dare they!!! But, as I went out to investigate, I found it was a teenager boy just practicing for band. Now how bad do I feel? Me being selfish, easily irritated, etc.; this poor soul needed to practice somewhere, what could I do? Nothing! Except accept it and deal with it. He doesn't practice too long anyway. This is one area I constantly need to watch myself, my mouth, my actions. I am so glad I'm on my way to conquering this challenge of impatience & intolerance. It still creeps up on me by surprise though so I will apologize in advance!
So now, as I hear him play, I just smile and chuckle... and think "this is only a test" (I passed) and he is getting better by the way!
Below are some fantastic scriptures to meditate on, hopefully they will stick and come in handy to remember when stuck in that traffic jam, being easily annoyed, or waiting in line at the store.
**A patient man has great understanding but a quick tempered man displays folly. Proverbs 14:29.
-Gee, can you think of any family members/co-workers that are described above?
**A quick tempered man does foolish things. Proverbs 14:17
-I can't get enough of Proverbs; you can learn a lot by reading that book!
**Be patient, then, brothers until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. James 5:7
-I grew up on a farm, watching our crops get planted, growing, "walking beans", and finally seeing the harvest. So I can relate to this scripture.
**Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord... we consider those blessed who have persevered.. James 5:10
-Who do you know- yourself, family, or friends- that have experienced trials and suffering and yet they persevere and eventually are blessed?
**Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. Eph. 4: 2&3
I love the book of Ephesians, and this particular verse(s) I need to commit to memory and recite every moment of the day!!!!!