As I sit and write this article, I hear children yelling and laughing outside my window. They are learning how to bounce a basketball and enjoying the wonderful play area that was installed last summer. I also hear loud banging and jack hammers digging up parts of the sidewalk leading to the school. They are here to install our new A1 Internet line!
I must be truthful. I am a “get-er-done” type of person, so when challenges appear that make finishing projects on time, I’m not always the most patient. I really wanted the A1 line installed before the students came back to school, but it was not in God’s timing for that to happen. I also really wanted the new playground on the other side of the school to be finished so that the kids could enjoy it starting on day one. That wasn’t meant to be either.
Whenever we experience situations beyond our control that test our patience, I think of the verses in James 1 where God reminds me that going through struggles in life helps to conform us more into the image of His Son. James 1: 2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” The longer I walk with Jesus Christ as my Savior, the more patient I become because I know that God has a plan and that He is in control. Worrying about it doesn’t do me any good.
The good news about the playground is that the other half has arrived and needs to be put together tomorrow! We are looking for three more strong people who could come out and help Marc Preusse and some of our staff install the equipment. If you are available, please come around 9:30 am to start digging the holes. Then around noon we’ll need people to help lift the large pieces into place. It takes a minimum of five (5) men, so if you can only come for a short time, we would still appreciate your help.
So our projects are nearing completion, and I have learned a little bit more about trusting God for His timing. I’m sure glad that we serve a patient God who continues to allow us time to grow throughout our lives. He is the perfect example of what true patience is all about.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.