The following poem, Patience, comes from The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues by Idalee W. Vonk.
We should never think that God’s delays are
God’s denials of our prayers, for often
We, through ignorance of what is best
For us, petition for the things we feel are
Vital to our happiness, but which, if
Granted us upon request, would prove most
Detrimental to our own well-being.
Prayers are often premature. We are not
Ready for the things we feel we need, and
So God whispers, “Patience-patience-patience.”
Patience brings contentment, hope, and faith
To him who learns to pray believing, and then
Waits for the fulfillment of his prayers
In God’s own way. For patience is the key
To happiness, success, and real contentment.
In 1986 Carita Swanson Vonk, a woman I met at a writers conference, gifted me with a book of poetry written in 1969 by Idalee W. Vonk titled, The Will of the Wind Inspirational Thoughts on Christian Virtues. Interesting side note. Carita was the second wife of Idalee’s widowed husband. Dr. Vonk also happened to be Carita’s philosophy professor at the University of Miami thirty-two years prior to her giving me this book.
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