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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Waiting Brings Fruit
By Sherry A. Jackman
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Well, yes it does, if you are paying attention. Anything we do that is worth doing well requires patience and concentration. Those topics we have been given recently. One of our contributors learned, to her dismay and horror last week, that concentration while submitting your article is crucial. She must not have exercised much patience while cutting and pasting to make the article flow better and got duplicate text in it.
Patience is important in other areas as well. A woman I know who is now single after many years of marriage, signed up on a Christian matchmaking web-site. She didnít have a picture she could find to post at the time, so she wrote her essay and filled out the profile anyway. She paid her membership fee for a whole year and then searched members in the age she sought. She writes poetry and God sends gospel songs that she hopes to someday publish. Since she doesnít play an instrument, she got excited when she found a listing of someone who has been involved in music ministry. She wrote telling him how dynamic she was and waited for his reply.
She contacted other members and posted her picture after locating one she could upload to the website. She didnít think it was that flattering but felt it was better than none, and was hopeful that someone would be interested. She contacted a few men she thought should give her essay some consideration and got no reply. Her essay told how witty and creative she was and she remained hopeful.
Several days went by and her mailbox on the website was still empty. Then one day she got a note from someone new that she hadnít written to at all. He addressed the note as ďHello GorgeousĒ and after a few memos back and forth and she realized he was no contender, due to his limited language and a religion which didnít mix with hers. She politely wrote and told him she didnít think they would suit each other.
She was really interested in ministry and had been praying for a musician to help with these songs God kept sending her. She didnít hear back from the musician she had contacted and thought he was not interested, or maybe he was on vacation. It was August, after all.
She shortened her essay, changed her criteria to a younger age group and heard from unsuitable candidates and wrote back telling them they were too young. She contacted a few others without response and nearly forgot that she still had no reply from the Massachusetts musician and she searched daily and waited somewhat patiently.
A couple days later she was notified of a new interest on the site. When she opened her mail, she was amazed to find a very dynamic note from the musician she had given up hope of hearing from. He said he was so excited to read about her music that he wanted to know when he could meet her plane at the airport nearby. She had to write and tell him she didnít have money for plane fare but would be glad to work with him via mail. He explained that he had tried to write her as soon as he got her message but the site was down and he was unable to do so.
She is pleased that she had put thoughts of him to the back of her mind and patiently waits for a response. She has promised to keep us informed of how things proceed with music collaboration and possible soul mate or ministry partnership with this exciting born-again Christian man who went traveling for the Labor Day weekend. She patiently waits to hear his response to her replies which will be in his mailbox on the website when he returns.
Patience is a wonderful virtue; and, as any good Christian knows, she doesnít ask for it but just lets God work it out in her heart and spirit.
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