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Patience for the Better

Be patient, things will change for the better.

Good things come to those who Believe, better things come to those who are Patient, and the best Things come to those who Don’t Give Up. -Zig Ziglar

A Dramatic Job Loss

My life is a little topsy-turvy right now. I wrote a poem about this in my last blog post. I just experienced a dramatic job loss from my toddler teacher position at KinderCare. This feels like a fire, a sudden burning of all that I had built over the past year. This loss came at the hands of a boss who gave up compassion and care for her employees to focus on greed and concern only for The Bottom Line.

Her betrayal takes the breath from my emotions and my body. But she cannot touch the breath of God, the Holy Spirit who sustains my spirit body. I am learning to exhale through my fear and leave it to the hands of my all-wise Creator. He tells me to practice patience for the better.

The Better is Coming

I had two job interviews in the last week. Both invited me back to second interviews, so my chances of getting a new job are strong.

The Better is coming.

I am just waiting for the confirming phone call. But the waiting can be so torturous.

Two quotes came to me today to help me on the journey of uncertainty.

Be patient, things will change for the better.

This is a cell phone wallpaper I found, reminding me to practice patience as I embrace the unknown Better. Even as the last Minnesota winter storms dump snow on us, I feel the trees releasing energy, their buds eager, but patient, to break open at the ends of young twigs. I need to learn wisdom from the patience of the trees, as the spiritual season in my life changes from winter to spring.

There may be one last snow storm yet, but the Father, my loving provider, is plowing a path for me through the deep white. The pastel colors and golden life of spring will always come. No matter how black and deep the winter, the Better will always come.

Patience for the Better

Good things come to those who Believe, better things come to those who are Patient, and the best Things come to those who Don’t Give Up.

This quote, by author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, also talks about patience in waiting for the the Better. But Believe is another key word here.

I have taken a prophetic journey of belief over the last five years. I have hurled my body off the cliff and waited for the angels to catch me in a faith-dance with the Creator. It strikes me that this is the second temptation with which the devil tortured Jesus, but I think there is a secret lesson; during his hidden and lonely learning years, Jesus mastered this how to let go and be caught by the hands of blind faith. The devil was mocking him and mocking the provision of God.

And so the great tempter tempts me. He tempts me to give into worry and crawl back to the slavery of Egypt. God is my provider, but the tempter tells me that the job is my provider, and I am a fool. I will resist the tempter, I will believe. I won’t give up, and I will wait for God’s best things to come for me.

I leave winter behind me, and I turn my face toward the spring.

A Spring of Healing

It will be a spring of healing. I have walked through a valley, a winter of my soul, and I am emerging on the other side with a more developed, more profound understanding of holy justice and holy provision.  A band-aid can never replace surgery for cancer, and holiness will never take root in a soul that has not been plowed and planted by trials. I have learned patience for the better.

If you are experiencing hardships, a dark winter, my friend, look deep inside. Find the love of the Holy Spirit, the care of the Father who loves you more than many sparrows. Practice patience as you wait for the Divine healing and the Better.

Image credit: [Pixabay] BenKerckx Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
Image credit: [Pixabay] BenKerckx Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

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