The Din girls were in town last week and I had some “blank” hand fans for them to decorate. I also printed out a few examples of “hand fans in art” and later made this video:
Hand fans in art:
A special part of this day has to do with a note that I found while I was packing up to meet with them.
I noticed a folded piece of paper sitting on the side of the house underneath a bush. I picked it up to throw it away and realized it must have been from our neighbor’s house because they have school-aged children and this note was a from a child – it said, “Not yet, Be Pacion.”
I crumpled it up and was about to throw it away, but then I paused because I HAD to look at it again.
I read it again – “Not yet – be pacion” – and I just smiled. I wondered what this child was waiting for and what was going on. I then remembered my son’s amazing kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Henderson, and recalled when she taught him how to write phonic style.
“Not yet – be patient.” I said out loud and this resonated.
I realized how profound this little ol’ phrase is – in general – but especially to me right now.
There are two things in particular that I am trying to have a good attitude with while I wait – while I stretch the ol’ patience bar!
I needed to read that note on that very day! As corny as it sounds – it was like a note from heaven – and it encouraged me.
I think we all need to hear this – “not yet, be patient” – because there are always areas that have us waiting. For example, we have a friend who is patiently waiting for knee surgery. Another friend is waiting to find the right house. Two friends are in temporary work as they patiently wait for the market to turn around. We know a bunch of people who are slowly waiting to pay off “rescue” debt and we know even more folks who are patiently waiting the right mate. And then we know some couples that are waiting for relationships to improve.
It seems that throughout life we all need to remind ourselves: NOT YET – BE PATIENT!
I went in and showed this little find to my husband and he shared something Randy Alcorn once wrote – about how the wait is often the key to making us appreciate things more (something like that). And while that is true – the waiting is still difficult at times – even if you know in your head it will have good fruits. Also, it is extra difficult to “be pacion” if the wait has been extra l o n g or if the timing seems misaligned to what we thought it was “supposed” to be…. H’m.
But notice the note does not just say – “Wait” – it says “Not Yet” – Not yet! Meaning it IS coming and the time will come – and then it says “be pacion” – and to be patient is intentionally hang in there – and say to yourself “come on now… hold on” – 🙂
Later on that day, I showed the note to the Dins – and Christine and I had a good laugh at all of the pencil dots. Whoever made this note was wrestling to be patient!
It looks like part of their coping was passing time by using the pencil tip for some deep pressure stippling. Maybe this is a good idea…. art for attitude adjusting… ha! When I see my neighbors out I will show them this note, but in the meantime, I am glad I found it because it’s just fun.
Well that’s it for today and while my summer blog pause is now over, I am still finishing up my summer reading list and so I will share more about that later this month. Also, our family still has a quick trip to Virginia Beach planned for this month, which is nice because September is the time when the locals come out – and hey – summer is not officially over until the 22nd – so hopefully there is still more fun to be found for all of us!
In closing, I encourage you to “Be pacion” with the things you are waiting for – and I leave you with a quote:
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.”
Henry van Dyke