When Ruth Bell Graham died there was quite a bit of news coverage about her life. I was intrigued with one particular little antidote. Evidently years ago she saw a road sign that inspired her to request this fitting epitaph on her gravestone. The sign read: “End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.”
We all need each other’s patience because the truth is that none of us is a finished work. “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The scripture uses the present tense “are being transformed” when we wish it said “have been transformed.” I find it frustrating sometimes that I still have so many rough edges. On top of it all, I’m often critical of other people’s warts and blemishes. My patience lacks for both myself and them.
Isn’t it good however, that there is an end to construction? The time will come when we will be able to look into that mirror spoken of and see his glory reflected back. Finally we will have traded in our weakness for his strength, our imperfections for his perfection, and our ugliness for his holiness.
In the meanwhile, thank you for your patience!