I’m not the most patient person. I really don’t like to plan. I prefer to jump right in and figure things out as I go. Instructions and redundancy bore me. Waiting on the fun stuff isn’t… well, FUN.
However when it comes to many things in life, like illustration and calligraphy, impatience may not be working out in my favor.
I’ve just begun playing about with calligraphy flex nibs, and I’m already smitten. To share the encouragement of art with others, I also have a stash of blank greeting cards. (Here's my quickie review: My Zebra G nib flows across this cardstock like butta! Love it!)
The other night, I was thinking about my precious grandmother. She is 94 and has always been one of my best friends. When I was a child, she spent countless hours cutting out paper dolls with me, teaching me the finer skills of acquiring Monopoly properties, and cuddling with me while sharing stories of her own childhood and days gone by.
She is the epitome of patience and kindness to me.
To let her know that I was thinking about her and praying for her, I decided to send her a card.
I placed a watercolor wash on the front and after that was dry (sort of), I wrote a note to her inside the fold. I waited for that to dry (sort of), and then I sketched a short verse on the outside.
I waited for that to dry. Or I thought I did. At least for a short bit.
I also checked the ink with a brief pat of my fingertips, and it seemed dry. It really did. And then I went to erase…
I can’t even describe the horror!!!
I am now singing a new song in praise of patience.
Proceeding a lot more slowly, I remade the card. I’m happy with the second draft, but I was looser when I did the first card so I think my calligraphy looks better on it. However, I’m realizing that looseness and impulsiveness can only carry me so far. These traits can be assets or they can be liabilities.
My attempts at illustrating, sketching, and hand lettering are teaching me that there is joy in the waiting. I deeply desire to take things more slowly and be open to the process and a plan. If I can practice the self-discipline to occasionally proceed in a more orderly fashion, I believe my natural spontaneity and eagerness will add a positive element to my life instead of ruining all the fun in the end.
Let's celebrate patience and lessons learned! Click on the button below to download the Psalm 145:4 illustration as a free printable.
Share the message with someone you love, or simply tuck it into the pages of your journal or Bible. What a beautiful reminder of those who have walked beside us and shared their love and patience with us. Let us patiently tell their stories (and His story) to all generations!
Free Psalm 145:4 Printable
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