The Patience Of A Puppy

Have you ever noticed that some dogs are more patient than most people? If a dog knows that something good is on the way, she'll wait indefinitely to receive it. The "wait" command is one of the best words our girls ever learned.

We can use it while they're in the bathtub, creating less mess and less chance of injury. We can use it at the front door so they won't run out into traffic. We can even use it when giving treats so they'll learn manners and respect of humans.

But what about you and me? How is our patience level? I love the old saying that if you pray for patience, God will put you into situations where you need patience. It's a difficult concept to put into practice, especially for the busy Christian woman.

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15

Are we patient enough and spiritually mature enough to wait on the Lord? Scripture says we're well grounded if we keep God's word with a good heart. It's hard some days when we get out in front of God's plan because we feel like there is much to do in less time. Patience means keeping the end in mind, not always the immediate moment.

The girls show me this every day as they wait patiently for me to open the door, hand out treats or work a spot of tree sap out of their fur. They know something great is coming, so they wait. That's their confidence in me, that they can know that I've got something wonderful waiting for them.

How much more, then, does our loving Heavenly Father have wonderful things waiting for us? Read the back of the book and you'll see all the details of eternal life for the believer. Great and wonderful things will come to pass, and patience is the key.

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:25


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