Friday, August 10, 2007


When we were going through Sunset School of Preaching 92-94 we were on a very limited income. We had to watch every dime and there was rarely extra for fun things.

From time to time Rebekah’s would beg for an egg, not for breakfast but to sit on. I would have to calculate when the next payday was and if we would have enough eggs to last until then before I would relent and let her take the egg.

She would cradle it in her hands with much love and care and head outside. Next she would carefully lay the egg down and begin to gather sticks, dried grass and leaves to build a nest with.

She would then take her precious egg and place it gently in the nest and position herself on the egg so as not to break it but to keep it warm as she waited for it to hatch. If you snuck a peek you would see her sitting on the egg patiently with hands tucked up under her arms positioned like a mother hen. She would sit in this position all day waiting for the egg to hatch.

Usually in late afternoon she would relent and come in for the evening. At that time I didn’t know how disappointed she was because it wouldn’t hatch. It was years later when she confided in me of her disappointment.

She now understands that no matter what, an egg from the refrigerator just isn’t going to hatch. But it took a lot of patience, diligence and longsuffering on her part to wait for the egg to hatch as a child. I now see that she still has these same qualities in her day to day life.

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait 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.”


Anonymous said...

As for the patience to sit and try to hatch an egg, that is a great quality to have.

As for the fun, Daryl and I had fun with the all you can eat beans and cornbread. Was it fun for you?

Mike M said...

Great post!!

Hey, did you know you are next for the Experiment? Are getting the emails? If not, send me an email at

Anonymous said...

It took me awhile, but I got three chickens out of my eggs.

They hatch, they really do.

Kara said...

Seems like only yesterday Morgan, Rachel, and Bekka was running aroung the house in Acuff..I remember one morning you were having the ladies Bible study at your house. It was winter time and Morgan was fixing to go out and check the mail. His attire consisted of nothing that matched plus some "extras" to go along with it....I looked over at you expecting you to say something (to be honest I really wanted to laugh outloud!) and all I saw was a mother looking at her son with so much pride and love you could almost burst....I'll never forget that morning..You are ONE SPECIAL LADY, my friend....I love you...

Monalea said...

Anonymous, having a chemo moment so give me more infor about the beans and cornbread.

Mike, can't get your emails.

Wow, 3 chickens? How did you ever do it?

Kara, thank you for the beautiful words and precious memories.



I'm so glad your back blogging on a regular basis....

diannakitty said...

I came across this by searching blogs at random.. But what an inspirational thought to end the night on. Great story, thank you for sharing! And certainly something to think about as I am trying to teach my 3 1/2-year-old that patience is a virtue worth having in this life.

Monalea said...


I'm so glad you stopped by.