Little by Little

Photo by Lurii Laimin

How is your patience doing? Some of us seem to have more than others but I am not sure that many of us are consistently excelling in this virtue in the current age. Everything about our culture nudges us to want answers, solutions, provisions, and more in short order. At the same time, it seems we are spending more time waiting and having patience tested than ever before.

We are the generation who are accustomed to “fast food” and microwaves to heat up whatever we have to eat at home. Nevertheless, “fast food” doesn’t seem to be as fast as it once was. No one can explain it except that many would say it deals with a shortage of enough workers that seems to add issues for every company, business, or service provider we know since the pandemic began in 2020. The shortages are most frustrating when we cannot find a medical person taking new patients when our favorite has retired and when we do have the good fortune to have a good physician our wait times can be longer.

In this day of instant communication from every and any source we can name, we want answers now but when they do come, they are often piecemeal. We have a battery of tests and some results come in while others do not, and we wait not just once but twice or more while frustration and anxiety build.

Photo by Nathan Finch

But the challenge of needing to wait for something we need or want isn’t new. It is told in story after story in the Bible (long before wi-fi, the internet, streaming services, and jets streaking across the sky). Barren women like Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah waited dealing with infertility. Daniel’s prayers were not answered at one point for 21 days despite his fervency. The children of Israel waited for a homeland for century upon century despite God’s promises.

You may be in a season of waiting and whether it has been long or short it not only tests our patience but also our trust in God and his timing and provision for us.

It brings to mind a passage of scripture in Isaiah:

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”

Isaiah 28:10 (NIV)

What is God trying to get us to see in this verse by the prophet, Isaiah?

One possible answer is this: We tend to believe the Lord will give us A BIG ANSWER QUICKLY AND ALL AT ONE TIME. However, the pattern repeatedly described in the scriptures suggests we receive “line upon line, precept upon precept,” or in other words, many small answers over a period of time.

Those of us just moving into spring are very eager for summer and the unbeatable taste of tomatoes and other things picked fresh from the vine after months of winter.

Waiting once again for something we are eager to enjoy like students looking forward to the end of the school year and months of a summer vacation without studies to tie them down.

Photo by Cottonbro Studio

If you stop by here often or follow me regularly, you know that my life has been in a period of waiting following my accident two days after Christmas that I wrote about here (

The accident left me with a number of issues that needed healing. The oral surgery just two days after the fall meant wearing a splint on my upper front teeth and greatly adjusting my diet to accommodate the splint and ask God to do what only He could do to save my teeth. Appointments came and went with various dental and medical folks with no definite answers to tell me whether my teeth would be saved or not. God had done much at the time of the accident, but this was a “little by little” time for me, teaching me again I needed to trust in the Lord and the prayers of many.

Many of you whom I have never met have prayed for me and asked about progress and so today I want to share where “little by little” has brought me as of now.

The swelling, bruising, and inflammation in my hands and wrists from the fall have been resolved and the later development of vertigo from the misalignment of my jaw and head have largely improved while still receiving some treatment for that.

This week I spent two hours in a dental chair working on the big issues that oral surgery was trying to address. The result was an extensive hour of cleaning and a decision that the teeth appeared to be stable despite two teeth still being sensitive to pressure that are adjacent to the teeth shoved into the bone sockets and brought down by the oral surgeon. So, the splint was removed. That removal of the wire splint required grinding the bonding material that held it in place to loosen the wire and then more grinding to polish off the residue.

The dentist said that given where things were four months ago immediately after the accident that the stability of the teeth and where things are now is miraculous. How much thanks I give to God for the things only He could do despite good medical and dental skills and care!

But “little by little” does not have me with the final answer. Time will tell if the sensitive teeth will be fully healed, and the dentist wants me to keep an eye on that and whether or not they darken which would mean nerves in the teeth are dying. So, I wait and trust God to do only what He can do since man has done all he can. If nothing changes, I see the dentist in six months.

I would be dishonest if I didn’t say I wish it were all finished instead and that I am no longer tempted with concern about what may yet come, but like most earthlings there are things here for me to learn and once again I am in a season where God is the one who is the provider and source, the one that life has taught me is trustworthy (even when I don’t get the answer I wish in the time I hope). He is good and faithful.

Photo by Tanner Ecrement

17 thoughts on “Little by Little

  1. I’m sorry everything isn’t back to normal yet, Pam. The “little by little” sometimes feels like the long way. I’m glad forward progress still counts for something, as you know. God accomplishes a lot through the “little by little” things too. Blessings to you, friend.

    1. It does indeed feel like the long way and then i am reminded that the Lord’s path for us is not the broad easy road but the narrow one.💝

  2. That is amazing news Pam! Praising God for the healing to date & praying for continued healing! 🤗

    “Step by step, little by little, bit by bit I will heal you,” was a word I received from the Lord many years ago when I was first diagnosed with autoimmune conditions.
    Of course I thought that was just relating to my physical condition at the time but I’ve realised over the last 19 years since, that it means soooo much more then that, it means a healing process in all areas of my life!
    Blessings, Jennifer

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Your prayers and those of so many others are precious to me. His eyes always see so many things we miss. Thanks for sharing that part of your journey..
      Hugs and blessings,

  3. Praise God for your mending! I will be praying for an all-is-well outcome in six months! Waiting is hard – but God has been working on me for about 20 years on learning how to live in the wait – because that’s where all the good stuff happens, if we let it. I believe you will let it! The little by littles become priceless!

    1. Amen! You’re right about the waiting. It has been quite a season since October’s bout with a severe case of Influenza A that left me with ear issues not yet totally resolved either. I agree with you and yet some days I go back to the basics and the testimony of his work over my lifetime to keep the perspective on it all.💝

  4. dental woes are incredibly draining and anxiety producing. i hear you well, friend. i’m grateful for the ways God is giving you grace in the traumas you have experienced. your writing is as rich and full and wise as ever.

    sometimes He uses pen and paper to walk us through our trials. how good He is.

  5. Enjoyed your post, Pam! Thank you for the update on your progress. It certainly is a slow process! But it sounds as though things are looking pretty good. Will continue to keep you in my prayers. I have two granddaughters, but my first grandSON was born last week in Lithuania. My waiting situation right now is waiting until August when we will finally travel there to meet him!

    1. Thanks so much, Gale! It is a waiting process while thanking God for what He has done to date. Congratulations on your new grandson.I know that is a long wait for you and I pray that it will come and feel like it’s not so long.

    1. I recall those days as well Coffee makes everything better, I think. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. We as earthlings, wish to have an answer immediately, and I have found, more often than not, that when we do not get an answer to our immediate concerns, the answer in fact is NO.
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  7. This >> “many small answers over a period of time.” How very true. The Lord knows best how to work, and move, and bring the answer. And He is always good and faithful in all He does and in all His ways. Yes, and Amen!

    **Beautiful photo by Tanner!

    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! Tanner is our middle grandson and the photo by Nathan is our youngest grandson😊

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