For all the writing and typing I do, I find myself easily amused by my typos. When the wrong letter is typed, it can make for a new word that will just tickle my funny bone. Such as the time I typed “Sunday” and came out with “Sinday”. Hmm. A day of sin just might be the truth for some people! And then the time I typed “son-in-law” and came out with “son-in-love” … Awww 🙂 There have been so many more of these fun typos … I shall try to write them down more often and share them with you.
However, today I had fun with a word when I put a space in the middle. I am sewing a dragon costume … no … TWO dragon costumes … and came up with “drag on”. Ha! These costumes must be done by June and I’ve been dragging my feet … while these dragons haunted me! Now I really DO have a dragon that affects my life … I talk about it in my book, Amanda, Perfectly Made. See! It’s on page 112:
Now here is my kitchen floor with the dragon fabric and pattern pieces everywhere. I’m talking a lot of fabric that needs a lot of space:
So I got to thinking about things in life that ‘drag on’ … like long illnesses, difficult relationships, a challenging job, or long cold winters. The bible says nothing about things in life being a drag … or dragging on … probably not the common lingo back then. Now I found a lot about dragons – but that was all in Revelations and that didn’t fit my story.
The online Free Dictionary defines ‘drag on’ as something that lasts unnecessarily long, or proceeds for an extended period of time. If that ‘something’ is something we like, then we enjoy that long period of time. When that ‘something’ is something we DON’T like, it can seem to last forever. But I think that sometimes, those things that drag on – drag on for a reason. Perhaps God is teaching us patience? (I heard you all groan – we never have enough patience do we?) Perhaps the bad job situation dragged on because the time was not yet right for that awesome job change? And a long wait for something to end, change, or improve, usually means that we have something to look forward to and that long wait will make the reward all the more sweet.
Although the bible does not use ‘drag on’ in its text – it does use the word “endurance.” Ahh … now that’s a word we can hear from God about!
Romans 5:3-4 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
I am excited about the dragon costumes! Look at all the fun fabrics and stuff I have to put towards dragon wings and dragon spikes and a shimmery dragon chest:
I hope my work on completing these costumes does not drag on ‘til the end of the month! Haha. (I’ll share a picture of them when I’m done.) But if you are enduring something that seems to drag on and drag on … be encouraged that there is an end in sight, and God will surely grow some part of you in the process.