“Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.”
(~ Bob Levey)
Sunshine and summer gardens . . . two of my favorite things! A month ago I wrote about “Peaceful Thoughts and Gardens,” but as I examined my photos of fabulous gardens, I couldn’t help but consider the years of meticulous care that go into producing a quintessential garden!
For instance, the Château du Clos Lucé was once the home of Leonardo da Vinci and has been maturing for over 550 years—more than twice as long as America has existed as a nation!
France’s most famous palace, Versailles, has expanded and been refined over hundreds of years. This long process of sowing and reaping, envisioning, building, pruning, and renewing speaks to me of the patience it takes to make something magnificent!
In light of this, and building on Jesus’s parable about the sower (from my last post), I’ve found some thoughts on patience to share with you, and I’ll illustrate them with photos I took at some of France’s most stunning gardens.
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” (~ Leo Tolstoy).
“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” Elisabeth Elliot, Through the Gates of Splendor.
“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs” (~Leonardo da Vinci).
“But we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:3-5).
“Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience”
(~ George-Louis de Buffon).
“Patience is the companion of wisdom” (~ St. Augustine).
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).
“One minute of patience, ten years of peace” (~ Greek proverb).
“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself”
(~ Saint Francis de Sales).
“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake” (~ Victor Hugo).
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3-4).
“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience” (~ Julius Caesar).
“Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul”
(~ Francis Bacon).
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience” (~ Unknown).
“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster.
One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life” (~ Chinese Proverb).
“In your patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19).
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy” (James 5:11).
“How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” (~ William Shakespeare, Othello).
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures” (~ Joseph Addison).
“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices” (~ St. Teresa of Avila).