And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Thought for the Day: Asking for Patience
The Great Blue Heron won out! I took a walk last night and enjoyed turtles and flowers along the way. I took a hike up in the hills before coming down to the swampy area. As I stood there, a Great Blue Heron flew in and gave me a wonderful photograph opportunity. In my mind, however, I thought “I have time to wait so I will just stand here until it flies off where I can get a picture of it flying.” I waited and I waited and I waited and I waited. As I watched, I knew it was hunting for its next meal…or it was hunting for the next meal of its child. So patiently it stood until it felt something in the water. So still until that moment it attacked. Over and over, as still as a statue, I watched this magnificent bird looking for its prey. But, as a person watching, I wanted it to fly. I waited and waited for a very long time, for over an hour, until the sun was about to set. Then I decided to make it home.
As I thought about that Great Blue Heron, I thought about what animals go through to take care of their families. It was looking for food the entire time I was watching and never even thought about leaving. It never thought about going and doing something fun. It just kept doing what it needed to do to help its family. As I think about the pandemic we are in at this moment, I think about the patience this Heron had to have. For well over an hour it waited for its next meal. For well over a hour it patiently and slowly moved through the swampy area searching for food. Today, we have churches opening, as well as other businesses. But, what does that mean for us? It means that we still need to be patient. We need to be patient for each member of our family in order to keep them safe.
That Great Blue Heron, for over an hour, moved slowly and strategically around the swamp to keep its family fed. Did I get my picture of the flight of the Great Blue Heron? No, I didn’t get it. Did I get to witness the patience of the Great Blue Heron? Yes, I did! That hour passed and my heart was given the perfect example of why we wait. That hour passed and my heart was given the perfect example staying patient, even in the midst of a pandemic.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for showing us that patience is so important. Give us the patience through this pandemic to do what we need to do to keep those around us safe. Please help those who are sick and give them healing. Please help those who are helping and give them stamina and patience. Please help us find things to do to help others. Amen.