Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lots of duct tape...and a lesson in patience

Don’t ever ask the Lord to help you work on your patience…because he probably will!

I know from experience, as it seems I have been given many an opportunity to practice this fruit of the spirit lately.  The latest object of my testing...a cheep greenhouse.  It was advertised as “heavy duty” and the one customer review said it would hold up to 50+ wind gusts.  (Reeeeeally??!)

You probably know where this is going by now.

Well, maybe the 50+ wind gusts in Montana are different than the ones here in Washington.  Soon after we bought it, door zipper broke, the thin plastic joint connectors are snapping into pieces, the plastic is ripped, and the ½ diameter poles that the frame is constructed of have bent.  I wasn’t too disappointed (I wasn’t expecting it to be top-of-the-line or anything) until one night when part of it came down and knocked all of my tender seedlings into a big dirt mess on the ground. Sigh. 

I'm learning that patiently waiting always pays off.  Waiting on God's timing is difficult, but making rash desisions because you're anxious for something (like buying a greenhouse before I can afford a 'real' one) always leads to more grief and often requires more patience than it would have taken to just WAIT in the first place! 
Anyway, thank goodness for duct tape and that good old East Lewis County staple…tarps!

1 comment :

  1. Ah, my dear, I am soooo proud of you for all that you are learning! I think our Father uses all things in our lives, (even cheap greenhouses), to mold us more like Christ, and that is a good thing! (" . . . Christ Jesus might display his UNLIMITED PATIENCE as an example for those who would believe on him and have eternal life." Patience is a very Godly virtue, so never fear it! It pleases Him! "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may PLEASE HIM in EVERY WAY; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have GREAT ENDURANCE AND PATIENCE, and JOYFULLY GIVING THANKS to the Father . . . " Colossians 1:9-12a Though the lessons that teach patience can be trying at times, we can always thank God for duct tape, right? : -)

    I love you!