“Patience,” she says. “After all, Niagara Falls wasn’t formed in a day.”
“Mom,” I say, my ten year-old self feeling smug and smart. “The saying is Rome wasn’t built in a day, not Niagara Falls!”
She doesn’t stop pinning the hem of a dress I am to wear to my eldest brother’s wedding. We’d pick the material and pattern out on a shopping trip to the fabric store in town about a month before. And this was at least the fifth time I’d had to stand on the step stool in our kitchen as she tucked, pinned, and chalked the paisley printed cotton.
“Rome or Niagara Falls…great things take time,” she say. “Now straighten your knees or your hem is going to be as crooked as the tower of Pisa.”
I straighten in obedience. Anticipation of the new dress had me excited but irritable with the time it was taking. Yet, with each fitting there was a new piece added, stitched thoroughly. The dress changed to be suited perfectly for me, with my mother’s skill and with time.
In today’s world we’re surrounded by media advertising of quick fixes for such things as weight loss, wrinkles, and even money, with easy loans with lots of small print. And sometimes we do get results promised, but are they long term? In other words, do they change and prepare us for what is to come?
I think of Esther, her year of time that she spent getting ready for her meeting with the King. It was a year of time of transformation preparing her for the next step on the journey to her future that was, of course, unknown to her. It took a lengthy time to create a change in her to be ready for what was around the corner.
And she saved a nation.
Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. Esther 2:12
If you’re feeling frustrated, my friend, by the time it seems to be taking to reach that goal, to finish that project, to mend that broken heart, or end that addiction, remember time is your friend, not your enemy. It takes time to change, and loving on yourself is allowing taking that time, instead of falling into the quick fix. If any ‘shoulds’ happen to invade your thoughts like “I should be over this by now,” may you take them captive to the truth.
- You are loved by God just as you are right now.
Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
2. He is watching over you always
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
3. He has a purpose for you, in His perfect timing.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Did you know it was the end of the Ice Age, 12,000 years ago, that Niagara Falls began? And it took years, and years of erosion– 7000 years geologist say–that led to the formation of the Upper Great Gorge.
Now that’s a lot of change over a lot of time!
And look what a beauty it is!
Yes, my mother was right. Niagara Falls was definitely not formed in one day!
For the next two weeks, I will be spending my time creating memories in Maui. However, I have two special guest posts planned for you that I’m excited about!
You’ll meet my writer friend Joy Bailey, who hosts my local writers group. And you’ll hear from my blogging friend, author Terri Tiffany who shares her wisdom learned when writing her latest novel, The Bend.
Aloha my friends!