Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. (Hal Borland, 20th century American author)

Watch carefully and patiently, and you can almost see grass grow. But we’re constantly cutting it. Given rain and sunshine, however, it keeps coming back. It’s different with trees; they take a long time to grow. It’s almost as if they have innate patience and simply can’t rush the process. If we watch and think, we can learn both patience and persistence by observing God’s creation.

Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)