This is turning out to be another week full of various interruptions, disruptions, and tribulations, as well as a few accomplishments.
A blog I follow specializes in pretty verse cards with a vintage theme, such as the one I've posted above. The one she posted most recently really spoke to my heart. It is true that hard times can produce patience in us -- a special understanding of how life works. Although it is the rare person who enjoys waiting, trying experiences teach us reality and how to cope with the difficulties.
If we will cooperate with the process, making efforts to not lose our temper but rather to respond with a peaceful spirit, we will develop admirable character and a faith that cannot be shaken.
Lest you think I have achieved this, let me assure you I have not. The Lord has apparently decided this is the right time for me to take a course in "Coping with Irritations." The "pop quizzes" have been numerous and to be truthful, I have failed to exhibit a winsome personality more times than I want to say. I take that to mean I'll be tested further until I learn the lessons well.
Writing about this matter with a sense of humor helps me to cope. Perhaps as you read about my experiences you will learn and be spared some of the hardships I've endured. A Bible teacher I admire has said, "Learn from the mistakes of others. You don't have time to make them all."