Patience In the Moment


This meditation is less planned and more written in the moment, but ironically one might say it is a little morning lesson about being patient – with oneself.

I wanted to type, but the cat wanted to cuddle

I wanted to type, but the cat wanted to cuddle

My cat is on my shoulder, wrapped from my front to my back, tail to my waist.  I had just been thinking that at 4 in the morning everyone, even the cats, had calmed down and gone to sleep.  But here she is, and more than that, the human contact she disdains in the day she has decided she needs in the dark now that I have started typing.

Some people like this time of day as a time to experience the presence of God.  I often don’t.  I tend to feel the burden of the day ahead, what was left undone yesterday, what must be done today.  What can I accomplish before the sun comes up?  It’s as if there must be a something about which I can say, “Yeah, me,” before I can say, “Yeah, God”.  If I do start a devotional time, it is because it is something I must “do”, and the never ending list is still nagging me in the back of my mind.

The cat thinks differently.  She found the quiet a time to cuddle up to my neck and say, “Let’s be.”  Hm.  “Let’s be.”  “Praise be.”  A whole other attitude.

One handed, I checked my e-mail from my business account.  I have been on the verge of starting a business – and there I am, on the verge.  I had e-mailed my mentor that I still wanted to start a business.  First, there had been major flooding in my area of the country and my home was not livable during April.  I was still fighting to restore normalcy in May.  And one week into June, we had a family crisis.  I’d written to my mentor that my life had just gotten turned upside down.  Now she had replied.  I opened the e-mail with a little trepidation.  Would it be a pep talk that I had to get going anyway and overcome the setbacks?

No, it was one of the most encouraging messages I’ve received since the whole mess began.  Family definitely comes first, she said.  Her family had been through it, too.  Had I thought of a support group for myself?  And, so apropos for the morning:  Allow yourself to take this time. She could tell that like Martha in the gospel of John, I was worried about many things.  I needed that “permission” to let it go for the moment and concentrate on the one important thing.  Only one thing is needful, Jesus told Martha.  And he pointed out that her sister, who she saw as “not working,” had chosen that one best thing – to sit at Jesus’ feet and “be”.  (see Luke 10:38-42)

Martha has been remembered, too much I think, as the sister who had chosen wrongly that day.  After that incident come two verses that are among my very favorites.

First, in John 11:5, it says, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister . . .”   Even though Martha had the wrong attitude last time, she gets mentioned by name here.  “Jesus loved Martha.”  There’s a lot of hope there for people like me who get it wrong a lot of the time.  Jesus still loves me when yesterday didn’t go so well.

Second, it is to Martha that Jesus makes one of the greatest statements of His ministry:  “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 & 26)

Then Martha gets to answer the question.  “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”(vs.27)  What a great profession of faith!  Martha has learned and is “mistaken Martha” no more.

Now I think I’m ready to “be” with God for a while and let the “to do” list wait, to take a little time to say, “Praise be, because He is God.”


  1. Ver Onine says:

    Hands down this is the best blog I’ve found in a week.

  2. Anne Goodreau says:

    Thank you from both Michelle and me, Ver! – Anne

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