Friday, March 26, 2010

Running Around in Circles and Waiting Patiently

This morning I took Mom to have her taxes done. We appeared to be missing a couple of documents. I made a phone call from the library reception desk. The man on the other end wanted to talk to Mom. The librarian fretted over how long I would be "tying up the line". I hung up instead of getting Mom from the next room. We went to the bank. The bank said there weren't any documents for filing, not enough interest earned. We went home and called the first place back. Dad didn't withdraw money from the account so there was no document filed this year. (He always withdrew the money in December and wasn't here to do it this year.) We went back to the library to finish the tax return. We went to the town hall to file for a property tax rebate. I was missing another document (non-taxable income). We went back to the bank. We got nowhere. We went back home again. I felt impatient with the paperwork, but told Mom this is a learning process and once we know what we are doing things will be easier. I hope I am right.

The air is cold but the sun is shining and that is a good thing. My flowers are much more patient today than I. They are closed up tight to stay warm and wait silently, no whining or complaining, no feelings of irritation. They aren't worried about whether or not the sun will shine tomorrow. I am learning too, learning to wait and trust that God has everything under control. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day [is] its own trouble." Matthew 6:34


  1. I hate those kind of days...two steps forward, one step back! You are year it will go smoother. :)

  2. Sorry it was such a "run around" kind of day. Hope Gramma took it all in stride. Love you.

  3. So glad you were able to be there to help your mom. Those kinds of days are so frustrating.

    Hopefully it done!

  4. Every mom needs a daughter who loves her enough to go around in circles and wait patiently.

    Some day you will not only be thankful you did it, but you will think of even more things you wish you had done.

    Joy, a voice of experience.

  5. Martha, I cannot thank you enough for taking on this responsibility. You are gold!

    If there is anything I can do, let me know.

  6. But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

    Right now He's working on burning off the chaff and I'm afraid there's a lot of it. :)