Acting Like Patience

June 10, 2015

 Have you ever seen a farmer standing over his crops, stomping his foot and yelling, “Hurry up!” Sounds silly doesn’t it? Everyone knows there is a growing season where the crops are left alone…to grow. He’s done the work of preparing the soil and planting the crops, so all that’s left to do is wait. That said, it would be unusual to find a farmer trying hustle his crops through this process. We might call him impatient.
 
This image of the impatient farmer shows me how silly I must look sometimes! One thing about patience that seems to elude me is the importance of my attitude while I wait. Most of the time, I think it should be enough to do the ACTUAL waiting. But it doesn’t really look like patience, if I’m stomping my foot and yelling at God to “hurry up!” while I wait.
 
Jacob and I are learning to wait. Over the last month, we’ve been waiting… a lot. It seems like we’re waiting on everything:  jobs, housing, etc. etc! Though we’re not actually concerned about the end result, we know God is working everything out! We’ve been living as though we’re on the brink of these transitions without any control over the timing. This has caused our impatient attitudes to surface. God has challenged us to not only wait, but to honor Him with our attitudes through the process.
 
I’ve heard many people say, “Be careful when you pray for patience, because God will give you opportunities to be patient!” This is our opportunity! It continues to be a challenge, but we are striving to focus on the amazing blessings He has shown us along the way.
 
The Table: God is providing for The Table in ways that only He can! We are building deep relationships as a community founded on His grace. We just enjoyed a (very wet) weekend of camping together. Nothing makes better friends than limited sleep, s’mores roasted on a pitchfork, and soggy… everything!
Also, the ladies will be venturing to Kakao, a local chocolate company, for an evening of chocolate tasting and meeting new friends this Friday!
 
Job: Jacob interviewed for a new position at True Manufacturing last week. It was a great experience meeting new supervisors and would be an awesome opportunity! We’re praying for God’s perfect timing and the possibility of changing to day shift.
 
House: We are in the process of purchasing a home in St. Charles! Hopefully, we’ll have more information soon. Thank you for praying with us over our future home and neighbors! We’re confident that God is working on our behalf in this process. To be continued…
 
THANK YOU: We wanted to take a moment to really thank you. We can honestly say we wouldn’t be where we are today without your prayers and support. It’s such an encouragement to know we’ve got people on our team (even from afar) who are committed to God’s vision for The Table. So, thank you!!
           
 Blessings,
Sam and Jake

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