“It Takes as Long as It Takes”

Dear Reader:

When I read this passage (“It takes as long as it takes”) from Kelly Rae Roberts’ latest electronic newsletter it struck me right in the heart at just the right time. Actually Kelly was referring back to a difficult time in her life when she was still trying to do it all… while still  mourning the loss of a miscarriage, decorating a new home, acclimating to new surroundings, hiring new employees and adding more business ventures to her (already) full plate….her body finally broke… morphing her fragile  emotional state into a real physical disease that put her to bed for weeks.

When asked how long it would take to get back on her feet…she was told “It takes as long as it takes” with added words of wisdom…” Be gentle on yourself.” 

I doubt there is not a single person reading this post today that hasn’t experienced something similar…at some point in their life. In our minds we can overcome whatever disappointment has befallen us with hard work…pushing the unfortunate incident out of our minds by pushing even harder to achieve in other areas. It never works.

At some point something slows us down…(usually that “something’ comes crashing down) because we have wrongly been trying to bury the problem deep within us instead of reconciling it with God. We learn we can’t do it alone.

Some Fridays I feel like a broken record…Here I go again to the Wound Care Center in Mt. P…still filled with hope that this foot will be healed when the bandages come off during one appointment… though that scenario  isn’t as bright as it once was…it has cautiously dimmed. Sometimes I think I am almost afraid to be too optimistic because the disappointment increases accordingly.

Still…Someone else won’t let me concede or give in to sadness or self-pity…God assures me it will heal…but like Kelly’s doctors told her  “ It will take as long as it takes.” This is my lesson in patience and letting God speak to me instead of telling Him what I want Him to do and when.

God hasn’t steered me wrong yet…and even though I might feel somewhat “adrift” at times…I can see the lantern on shore beckoning and welcoming me back on solid ground with two strong feet.

So until tomorrow...”Fear not…Jesus is already there.”

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Luke and Chelsey are camping out in the Utah mountains…Youth, Adventure…so happy for them! So while we are having a heat wave…(upper seventies yesterday) …Luke told me they have had two feet of snow since yesterday and its not even close to stopping. “Absolutely incredible!” for this southern born and raised couple.

We also had an adventure right here in Summerville…as we entered into the art world with Anne and Helen’s Exhibition yesterday afternoon and evening. Good crowd…lots of fun! Talented Anne played and entertained us with her fiddle, along with a fellow band instrumentalist-Cindy Rossi.  Delicious hors d’œuvres….just a lot of fun! The paintings just looked like they belonged to the house…so pretty!

Lots of wonderful church supporters…and Don even showed us his magical trick…carrying two glasses of wine with his eyes closed…a hit at every party. 🙂

One of the crowd’s favorites!

*And look what I get to have for breakfast this morning…well perhaps half for breakfast today and the other half Saturday…Gin-g stopped by and brought me a BIG blueberry muffin. Thanks Gin-g!!!



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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7 Responses to “It Takes as Long as It Takes”

  1. Sis H Kinney says:

    Good Friday morning, Becky,
    My prayer is that your foot healing’s time will be less and less as you go forth today! But, I LOVE this mantra: “It takes as long as it takes.” And, the “Be gentle on yourself” is a good admonishment for we who are “anxious.” While my situation isn’t related health-wise, this mantra is extremely useful for us as we continue to watch the building of our new house: “It takes as long as it takes.” No amount of “wishing and hoping” is going to hurry it along. It will be done when it’s done!
    So, as we go forward, we can both say this wise little mantra. And, I know you will let us all know the day that your foot is finally healed! Praise God for ALL good things!
    Wish I could have gone to the art exhibit – looks like it was fun; that little house was just being renovated when we left Summerville.
    Much love and “gentleness” to you!

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    • bcparkison says:

      Yes. I worked in the bulding industry once and have seen several homeowners ‘fall apart’ when the end seemed endless.


      • Becky Dingle says:

        Yes…waiting on a house to be completely built and/or renovated has got to be one of the most challenging waits in our personal lives…we feel like everything is on whole just waiting for the day you get the keys. My hope is that all our “It takes as long as it takes” situations will resolve themselves…when the “wait” and the “take” is over! 🙂

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      • bcparkison says:

        All I did was new construction cleanup but several of the ‘future ‘ homeowners were very concerned that they might not gualify for the loan. How to you start building a
        $300,000plus house and not know. ???


  2. bcparkison says:

    I do love this quote and any one who can paint clear glass water is good. So thankful the day turned out well.


  3. Lynn Gamache says:

    Hello Becky….I feel for you while you sit in the “waiting room” of our Father. Always it seems waiting is difficult…esp. for those of us eager to move on with life after a long, unplanned detour. Normally I do love detours and all the new places that one sees along the way….BUT, after awhile, if we begin to feel that we might never get “back on track” and on our way, it can be a painful and sometimes hopeless feeling. So I pray for you a refining in the process and a growing closer to our Lord as you find that “through it all you’ve learned to trust in Jesus… you’ve learned to trust in God”. Blessings, Lynn


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