FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT – PATIENCE

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Prov 14:29 (NIV)

[Painted by R, July 2013. Photo by B]
[Painted by R]
The coconut is a hard nut to crack. No pun intended. To eat the fruit, the coconut requires skill to dehusk. In young coconuts, a hole is specifically cut in the shell and the soft sweet flesh eaten with a spoon, while the coconut water makes a refreshing cooling drink. In mature coconuts, the flesh is grated and coconut milk is extracted to make delicious curries etc while coconut oil is used for cosmetic and other uses.  The husk can be used to plant those beautiful orchids too. The coconut literally has 101 uses.

I remembered seeing this on a plaque “Lord, please teach me patience but hurry…”

Once a priest told us, “There’s one quality that the evil one has that many of us lack…PATIENCE.  He will take his time and wait days, months or even years to draw us into sin.”

It is in times of trials and sufferings that our patience is tried and tested. Our quick temper. A harsh word.  In an instant world at the click of a button, we also want an instant click “Yes” to our every prayer.  But only patience, and more patience, will help us grow and become useful in 101 ways for the Lord.

While writing this post and transferring it from a thumb-drive to another computer, everything got wiped out! I had to rewrite the whole post again.

Thank you LORD JESUS for the instant lesson teaching me PATIENCE.   By R

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