July 24, 2020

How Patience Pays Off, part 2

 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”-- Hebrews 10:36 (KJV)

I began my series of articles on the miracles patience can bring last week. Please see that writing on beneficial relationships here.

Some people find each other early in life. Others don’t find that perfect companion as soon as expected. There is still hope! My husband and I found each other after years of unsuccessful dating. In our social circles, many people marry early. They often get together in their early 20s. We were ages 30 and 28, respectively, at the time of our wedding.

That’s not all. We both came with a tremendous amount of baggage. Here are some of the challenges we had faced:
  • Tough childhoods
  • Bullying
  • Poverty
  • Abuse
  • Undiagnosed mental and medical limitations

That’s only a general, partial list. I’m not comfortable going into more detail. It’s absolutely a miracle two such broken people found each other.

What’s the secret? Patience and love…oh, and most importantly, forgiveness. Why has our companionship lasted? We’re best friends with the same goals.

John, my husband, was definitely worth the wait! He’s one of the most dedicated, responsible individuals I know. That’s only the beginning. Trust me, I could write pages on that topic alone.

Has it always been easy? Not at all. Are you kidding me? John and I were too traumatized. We also co-authored the book on “stubborn”. lol. I think that’s the main quality that’s carried us through unbelievably difficult trials. We’ve come so far!

Would either of us have found such a level of compromise and commitment with anyone else? Doubtful. My husband and I were meant only for each other. We’re kindred spirits.

My Conclusion

Nobody can guarantee a wonderful relationship at any time of life. I found love against the odds. I just wanted to pass on that good news to anyone who’s wondering when, and if, their patience will ever be rewarded.

Quotes on Patience and Love from everydaypower.com

“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”--Daisaku Ikeda
“Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.”—Rumi
“If you have patience, then you’ll also have love. Patience leads to love.”--Mata Amritanandamayi
“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.”--John Burroughs

How has patience helped your companionships?


  1. Patience is always rewarded. The important thing to remember is NOT to run out of patience. Our miracle could be just around the corner. Thank you for this reminder.

    1. Carol Graham, It's true, we never know when our miracle will show up. We can't give up.