577. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A handful of patience is
worth more than a bushel of brains.
~Dutch Proverb

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A black bird outside pecks slowly at the ground as is his calling, and squirrels steadily dig holes for burying acorns in the flowerbeds as is their timely task. And I, I sit watching and foraging though my mind’s limited storehouse of knowledge to find understanding of a contrasting human frailty. It seems we, humans that is, are forever in a hurry, searching for and wanting something else or something more while still unsure of what to do with who and what we are and already have. Yet, above leaves float down without dissent as they always do in autumn, rain drips unquestioningly off the roof as it does after every storm, and the Lord speaks without fail in the silence about His perfect plan and faithful provision for everything and everyone. Throughout the whole of life, God tries to teach His children to be patient and to yield to His will and timing. He asks that we submit thankfully to and accept with gratitude His provisions and plans for our lives, and He also requests that we develop unfaltering faith in trusting Him to be faithful to His promises and accepting of His timetable for bringing them about.

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand –
and melting like a snowflake.
~Marie B. Ray

So, if crows, squirrels, leaves, rain and such do this, isn’t it time for us to quit frantically looking for more, to be accepting of what already is, to be grateful for all that we have and are, and simply to listen as well as comply like all else in the natural world?

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve of what God’s will is–His good, perfect, and pleasing will.” ~Romans 12:2   ✝

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20 thoughts on “577. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • It’s so good to have you back. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It makes my day when I see your face and name pop up in my inbox, Herr Herb!!! Love’n Hugs to you too!! Ya know that sounds like it sound be a song title. ❤ 🙂

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      • It’s strange how we can make friends from so far away and not see them face to face. I always look forward to your posts and appreciate the love, devotion and faith that you put into them. Hmm a song title, you’ll have me writing little ditties again. take care my dear.
        Love’n Hugs
        Laurence.

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      • In a way it’s a better way to make friends I think because we base our decisions on what we hear in their words and their hearts rather than their physical appearance. You take care of you too, mister! Love’n hugs, N ❤ PS. I'm tellin' ya there's a song in that sign off, love'n hugs! Hee hee 🙂

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      • It probably is Natalie. I could relate to and communicate quite well with my first wife by telephone. Get us in the same room and it was another story. 🙂
        There’s definitely a song in that Love’n Hugs.
        Laurence.

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    • Thanks, Brad. These are lessons we all work on, at least I’ve been working on them for a long, long time. It’s a good thing the Lord is so patient with us, that’s for sure. I hope you have a great week. Hugs, N ❤

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  1. The Bible verse “Be still and know that I am God” came to mind as I read your wonderful post. We scurry so….a great reminder to simply trust our Creator who will always take care of us—something the critters “know.” Blessings ~ Laura

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  2. Great post. I love to just sit and watch our birds flying around in the garden and listen to their singing. It refreshes my mind and calms me down. Then I can truly appreciate what we have. Have a nice day Natalie. 😀

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  3. Natalie, this is such a beautiful post. I think often about the brevity of life and how little we really are. Especially when I hear news of someone’s death or disease. I really like that quote you used by Mary B. Ray. It’s bang on. We funny little humans, rushing about, getting anxious, worrying all the time, and for what. In the grand scheme of things, our issues are so very tiny.
    We really need to seize our days and make the most of them. One never knows when their time is up.
    Hugs and blessings 🙂 ❤

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