“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”GalatiAns 6:9
Lessons in Patience
Gardening has been a good ‘patience boot camp’ for me, patience being something I need to develop. When I plant things, I’m excited to see the end result, the reward for my effort and hard work. I planted potatoes a few weeks ago, and I’m already champing at the bit to harvest them. But it would be far too early; they are nowhere near ready yet.
Growth Takes Time
Harvest time is a wonderful time. It is a reward for all the weeks or months of watering, weeding, watching and waiting. And isn’t life a bit like that? Just as in gardening, waiting until harvest can often seem endless.
We want to see some sort of ‘reward’ for our efforts, in relationships, in business, in ministry. The progress can seem so slow, that we wonder if we will ever see the fruits.
When all we see above the surface is a tiny green shoot, it might look a bit disappointing. But there’s so much going on under the surface of the soil, that we cannot see. The roots are developing and becoming established, so that the plant can mature and grow from strength to strength. Slowly, but surely, we will start to see the evidence of tiny buds. The promise of ‘harvest.’
God is Working in the Waiting:
And so it is with that thing you have been praying for. For those ‘seeds’ you sowed, weeks, months, perhaps even years ago. God is always working for good, often deep beneath the surface – behind the scenes, even when we don’t see it, and cannot yet see any fruit.
The timeline may not meet your expectations, but the seed you planted and nurtured will bear good fruit!
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)
“The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.” (Psalm 85:12)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)