Patience. That frequently elusive trait that everyone thinks home schoolers abound in. (Trust me – we don’t!) It’s that thing needed when a child leaves the garage freezer open for hours in 90 degree heat, or when the toddler refuses to nap yet again, despite being clearly tired. It’s what’s needed most when the daughter stares into space repeatedly instead of doing her math or when she takes an hour to eat a bowl of cereal in the morning.
Where do we find it?
A man’s wisdom gives him patience… Proverbs 19:11a
How does wisdom lead to patience? Maybe wisdom says that the toddler won’t always drive you nuts. Enjoy his antics and laugh about them. They won’t last long. Wisdom says that the daughter will (to a degree) probably (hopefully?) outgrow her inability to focus and that your relationship with her is more important than math. But the math will get done, too. Wisdom says that the ten year old son will eventually stop making farting noises during his English homework.
Wisdom is seeing the big picture instead of getting stuck in the daily messes of life. That gives us patience.