But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Those Who Wait Upon the Lord

Chinese bamboo is a remarkable plant. Once a bamboo seed is planted it requires daily watering and care. But for five full years, the exterior shoot will grow less than an inch.

At the end of five years, however, the bamboo will perform an incredible feat. It will grow ninety feet in only ninety days! Now ask yourself this: When did the tree actually grow? Throughout the first five years, or during those last ninety days?

You may be like Chinese bamboo. You may be working, dreaming, planning, and persevering, yet feeling as if God’s taking forever to flower your dream into any visible result.

Be patient. The most important growth is underground—hidden deep in your character. Those who wait upon the Lord won’t be put to shame; and in due time, God will reveal everything He’s grown in you.

– Steve Arterburn

 If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. – Joseph Addison

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy Adams

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. – Barbara Johnson