We are officially past the “love” month. Except, I think we should make EVERY month a time to love–to show it, to feel it, to receive it (sometimes the hardest thing).
For the foreseeable future, I plan to write posts based on 1 Cor. 13–the LOVE chapter. Some of my posts will be devotional in nature, others will be short stories, and who knows what else God will have me write. To be honest, until I opened the draft page, I had no idea what I’d write about today. And then…there it was.
Today we are focusing on Love is PATIENT. We’ll start with a story…
Scott Melton opened the door and took a deep breath before stepping through. He never prayed for patience, too afraid God would answer that prayer with more to be patient about. He had enough to deal with at the moment.
“Scott. What can I do for you today?” The irritated tone of his former friend—and the love of his life—speared him as it did every time he entered Janie Pratt’s bakery.
“A dozen chocolate-covered, glazed donuts, please.”
“Hungry this morning?” Janie asked.
“No more than usual. Want to have dinner with me tonight?” He’d asked her out every week for two years. He’d started a week after her college graduation–the night he kissed her, really kissed her, not just a peck on the cheek. Her answer never changed. He didn’t know why he persisted. Except God kept reiterating in his spirit that he needed to be patient.
“One of these days I’m going to say yes.”
Struggling to keep the surprise from his face, he shrugged. “So why not make it today?”
“Why not? I like you. I want to renew our friendship. Maybe more.”
She snorted. “More like you want to embarrass me again like you did at my graduation. Some trick you and Lance cooked up.”
“It wasn’t a trick. And Lance decked me the next day, so don’t blame him for something he didn’t have a part of.” Was that why she always said no?
“Then why did you kiss me and ruin our friendship?”
He sighed. “I didn’t know it would, but that’s the only thing I regret about it.”
“Here are your donuts. You can pick me up at 6:30. I want to go to the new steakhouse.”
“I said yes to your dinner invitation.”
“Yes, Scott. I thought you’d give up, that you’d go away if I kept saying no and continued being rude to you. But you haven’t. It’s taken a lot of patience on your part to put up with me these last two years, especially when I wasn’t nice.”
“You mean like the time you threw my donuts at me?”
“Yeah, well. It had been a bad morning.”
“I gathered. I’ll see you tonight.” Scott smiled his way out of the bakery. She’d said yes. Maybe his patience would finally pay off.
Six months later…
“I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Scott Melton.”
Scott beamed at his bride. “I guess love really is patient.”
Janie smiled. “And I’m so glad you love me. I love you, Mr. Melton.”
Sadly, patience doesn’t always have tangible rewards. And yet, we are called and equipped to be patient with those around us.
May your day be filled with LOVE and a little patience for those in your vicinity–both those you know and those you don’t.