Due to Covid-19 and the announcement from our government officials, all church service gatherings will be postponed till a later date.

Patience Is a Virtue

My niece gifted me with a black tea kettle because I used mine at the last church campout. I offered my tea kettle so we could have hot water for tea without realizing what it would look like when I returned home. I am telling you about my tea kettle because tonight I feel like my brain is boiling over and the steam is shooting out my ears. Tonight finds me feeling extremely frustrated. I have been almost living on my computer to find where my husband and I can get our first COVID-19 vaccine, not the second but the first. We have placed our names on three sites that give out the vaccinations, but to no avail. My lack of patience is a character flaw that I have to pray about regularly.

And then my mom is in the hospital in another state and I am taking care of all of her business, speaking daily with her doctors and caregivers. Being the oldest child, it is my responsibility to keep the family updated about mom’s progress. Lord, I need patience! Right now I feel so frustrated because I cannot get an answer about where I can get my COVID-19 shot so I can go to Minneapolis. Frustrated about the things that are going on right now, and frustrated because I am still in quarantine.

Every time I get ready to walk out the front door my husband reminds me of the pandemic as if I just landed on planet earth. I am so thankful for my husband, but how many times do I need to be reminded to mask up with two masks, make sure you have enough sanitizer in the car and use it every time you get in the car! I know that he is looking out for my wellbeing and I love him for it, but quarantine is bad enough without being reminded masking up before I get to the front door, to stay away from crowds, and the list of do’s and don’ts are endless.

I know patience is a virtue. And that is why I have to ask God to give me more patience. I travel to church on Sundays, to the grocery store down the street, and I go to my mailbox, and those are my travel excursions. I am tired of the same old, same old, same old. I know that patience is a virtue, but there are times that patience does not have its perfect work in me when I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, and tired. Perhaps you rarely experience any of these emotions I mentioned. Or perhaps you are feeling like your teakettle is boiling over and the steam is coming out your ears. I guess this is considered a day in the life of living.

Whoever said that everything is gonna be perfect! Whoever said that the world stands still because of my needs! Whoever said things were always going to be convenient! All this represents life one day at a time. I am ever learning to work with what is on my plate. My brain is tired and I am tired of the quarantine. I know I am not alone but if anyone is reading this blog, please pray for me and I will pray for you. We are going to make it through all of this. Through the quarantine and getting our vaccines. I am sure the dust is going to settle - when I am not sure - but I know for sure is going to settle.

2 Cor. 12:9 (NIV) “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’.”