From Life Lessons by Rick Tocquigny
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Life is full of accidental lessons. Sue Lundgren, a young, athletic friend from Boulder, Colorado, suffered a very serious bicycle accident. With broken ribs, collarbone, and wrist, coupled with a fractured pelvis, Sue was hurting all over. The painful recovery process included many months of confinement in bed.
When the doctor had completed her work and was taking her leave, Sue asked, “Doctor, how long will I have to lie here helpless?”
“Oh, only one day at a time,” was the positive answer.
The long-suffering patient was comforted not just for the moment, but at many times during the succeeding weeks as the thought, Only one day at a time, came back with its quieting influence.
Only one day . . .
What if we could teach our children to use each day more effectively with a new perspective on time? In rapid-fire world, can we teach our families, our communities, and the nation to be quick to listen and slow to anger? To look at only this day and our actions within it?
We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
—H. W. BEECHER
Teaching patience starts by exhibiting a little more patience ourselves. Like Sue Lundgren, we can learn that the soul of perseverance cannot be beaten. The patience she exhibited to her family and friends stands out as a testimony to overcoming adversity. In record time, Sue was back to life, working her way out of difficulty. Challenges had been put in her path not to stop her but to call out her courage and strength.
Afflictions are but the shadow of God’s wings.
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