Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
In my office is a ceramic plaque which I received many years ago. It’s one of my favorite ‘objet d’art.’ If I told you about it before, forgive the repetition. Right now, it seems very relevant.

The special piece I’m looking at portrays two rather scraggly-looking buzzards sitting on an equally barren tree limb. One says to the other, “Patience hell. I’m gonna kill somethin.” Thanks to Annie, here it is.

I don’t know about you, but there are moments...

buzzardsWhat with the pandemic and its constrictions on our interactions with each other, I just want to yell out at someone or something, “ENOUGH ALREADY!” Of course, we know the “someone” is the Lord. But it’s not nice to yell at the Lord, so I’ve got to find someone or something else to yell at.

Who else is there? Here comes another old cliché:
“When you are pointing your finger at someone, you usually have three fingers pointed at yourself.”

It’s my challenge to work it out. I took the word “patience” and ran it through my Thesaurus. In addition to the expected ideas like placidity and serenity, tucked away in a corner called dictionary form, I found “stamina, endurance, determination, doggedness, vigor, energy, grit, fortitude, strength.”

Those words sure don’t sound like I’m sitting around. They speak to me about coming at a situation with a lot of very active resolve and wrestling the chaos to the ground and daring it to try to get up. The buzzards were closer to a good working definition of patience than they thought. It takes a lot of energy to go and get your own dinner. Waiting around and letting someone else do it is easier. You also might starve to death while you wait.

The patience we want is the activity that seeks life. The virtue of patience we seek is the attitude of wanting to create environments of hope and courage for people around us. It’s the opposite of becoming a victim. We be-come victims when we let insensitive people and tough situations define who we are.

In these days of political pandemonium, it’s too easy to start drawing lines in the sand which become walls of separation. Look around you. Do the things you see and hear welcome you into an encouraging environment, or do they push you away into icy isolation?

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Whatever the cost, Jesus tells us that following him is a promise of wonderful discovery no matter how hard the work.

Buzzards wait. Disciples push on in hopeful expectation.

Here’s hoping... In Jesus,
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