Last week, my Eli, 4, set about filling a jar full of water on the front walk. I asked him what he was doing, and he said he was going to catch a rainbow. He thought about it, and it was the first sunny day in what had seemed like weeks. He spent the better part of the day working toward his goal, occasionally squinting into the sky.
He announced that what he really needed was some gold to catch that rainbow, because you usually find rainbows ending in a heap of gold (of course!), and he made his way next door to see what Grandpop thought about his plan. Pop told him he needed a pot of gold then, if he was going to catch a good one. Not deterred, Eli asked him for his gold, knowing he had a nugget stored away in his collections of stuff. Although he eventually summed up that the gold wasn’t going to work, because the rainbow makes the gold… I ended up with a collection of glasses and jars filled with water covering my front lawn as the day went on, and a patient 4 year old staring into the sky waiting for his rainbow.
I don’t think I have patience like that left in me, and there he was, content to wait for his reward. Is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. James 1:2-4 (TLB)
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