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A lesson in waiting

on June 3, 2014

I am not naturally a patient person. I find waiting and patience hard! Of late, however, there’s been rather a lot of waiting in my life and a great need for patience.

I talk to God about it of course. And He comes up with great texts to reassure me and strengthen me:

  • ‘The Lord is good to those who wait for Him’ Lamentations 3:25
  • ‘God is faithful’ 1 Corinthians 1:9
  • ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen,’ Hebrews 11:1

and many more.

But still I champ at the bit.

Then yesterday amongst the slender stems and leaves of the irises in the pond, a lesson in patience:

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I’m not at all sure exactly which type of dragonfly this is going to become but whichever, they lay their eggs in neat incisions  in waterplants. Aggressively predatory aquatic nymphs hatch out and eat whatever they can catch – insects, tadpoles, even tiny fish. For emperor dragonflies, after around two years, the nymph crawls up out of the water for a final moult. Their larval casing splits down the back and the adult hauls itself free – but before it emerges fully from the now transparent case, it rests to allow its legs to harden in the air. Then it pulls itself fully free but still hangs onto the old case while its wings expand and unfold.

Every moment, every rest period, every second of waiting is essential for the final development of the adult.

Earlier, there was a four-spotted chaser or libellula resting in the sun.

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These creatures have followed the timing, the rhythm of rest and activity set out for them by their Creator – and the end result is wonderful! It’s a lesson I needed!

‘I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation.’ Micah 7:7



One response to “A lesson in waiting

  1. 20angel13 says:

    Beautiful, Dorothy, and so true…

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