Patience is a Virtue
Let me start by saying I am a movie buff. Some of you may know that about me. I used to have this skill when I was younger (seasoned individuals may now laugh at my expense) of being able to watch about 5 seconds of a movie and tell you what the movie was regardless of whether or not I had actually ever seen the movie all the way through. So when I am about to make this movie reference, some of you guys may remember it and it goes along with my theme. Trust me. Remember the movie, “The Mummy”? It’s the first one with Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser. Setting the scene, they have awakened the mummy, and they are hole up in the local museum with the mummy-mind-controlled local population breathing down their necks trying to break-in to get them. Under duress, they are trying to translate a key bit of information for the purpose of taking down the mummy. At the moment the mummy-crazed peeps break in to museum, Fraser’s character says “hurry up”. Weisz’s response, “Patience is a virtue.” As the crazed nutjobs are flowing in, Fraser’s response, “NOT right now, it’s not!”
I say all that to say this. Lately, patience is in short, short supply at the Moody household due to the wait. Some might say, “Hey you’ve been waiting so long, what’s another potential two months.” To you I say, “Phhhhrrrrrrtttttttt!” Anyway, the wait … what wait, you say? Right now we are waiting for the “call” or rather the e-mail from the Chinese Children Welfare Agency through our adoption agency. This e-mail/call will tell us, “Moody family, come get your boys. We are ready for you and so are they.” Once we finally have the notice, it will be about 2-4 weeks until the travel time, and then it will be Beijing here we come! As the generic wait time is 1-2 months from the Letter of Acceptance date, we are praying that the call will happen faster than that. To recap, E’s paperwork is ready to go, and Z’s is being processed. Momma’s ready, D’s ready, and I’m ready.
As for the “patience is a virtue” thing, think about when you were young waiting on Christmas or waiting on the new bike you were promised. When we were a little older it was about “I can’t wait ‘til I graduate and get into college” or “I can’t wait ‘til I get married.” When you’re out in the real world, it becomes the promotion, the next big deal, or the first house. We all anticipate so many different things in life and having to wait for them all can make us crazy. Sometimes we feel like our heart is about jump out of our chest, or we feel like we could just pop out of our skin. “ARRRRRRGGHHH! Calgon, take me away.” Uh, … I mean, Stop the insanity. J Sometimes it becomes anger, other times it become sadness. For us, needless to say, it has been a mixture of both. The repeated questions of “So, when are you leaving?” while done out of love and excitement begins hurt. The question becomes a constant reminder of we don’t have them yet. For those of you out there, think of a situation in the past or right now that maybe has or is hitting you like that. Anxious, anger, sadness … How do we deal with it? How do we get our needed patience in our desperate situations, when our hearts tell us to scream in frustration?
For the rage and anger:
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act…. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm….those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. (NLT)
For the sadness:
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. (NIV)
For the peace that comes:
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (NIV)
And the good stuff:
We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.) (NLT)
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (NIV)
These verses spell out God’s plan on how having patience can see us through. But also, praying for the calming effects of the patience is key to surviving through it all. Here’s to us all having enough.
Also, I want you all to see what else the Moody’s have added to the boys’ room. Everything is not in its proper place yet, but the wall in the room is gorgeous. This is all thanks to a lovely young lady who can paint like nobody’s business. I supplied the idea, and she made it happen. Check out the progress from beginning to end. If anyone is interested having her paint a mural for your room, let me know and I’ll introduce.