Spring

I used to think Autumn was my favourite season of the year, but this year it definitely is Spring. Spring is the word-prompt for the #Five Minute Friday group of writers today.

I don’t know why this past winter has seemed darker and longer than others but it has, February came and I was hopeful for the first signs of spring, but alas none came which made winter drag out even more. But in with March and wow Spring has sprung in!

Such joy, such hope, such delight, such relief!

I wonder if we are a bit like that spiritually too? We long for the dark winter of our souls to be over, to be past, we long to feel the joy of the Lord again. It seems like such a long time that we have been sitting with this darkness and low feeling at our feet, that we long for it to lift, to see a ray of light, even a beam of sunshine in our souls.

We are not good at “sitting” with pain, with trials, with hardships, with depression, with darkness, we are always wanting to rush on, to move past it, to get to the other side. Yet, Yet often it is in our weakness that we see and experience more of God’s mercy and Grace, so perhaps the lesson of Winter is Patience and the joy of Spring is the reaping of that patience?

Today, I am thankful that I live in a country with seasons and I am thankful to have the God who is faithful through each and every season which come, both of nature and of the soul.

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.’
Gen 8:22

Endure

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This post is written to link with #Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “ENDURE”.

To endure = to bear without resistance or with patience.

And there my dear friends is my problem! I don’t seem to be able to bear with patience or without resistance! My first instinct at the first sign of trouble, pain or suffering is always resistance! I don’t want this trouble in my life, I want it out, finished with, never to return. I don’t want to endure hardship, I would much rather have an easy life, so I don’t endure with patience, I fret, I worry, I am cranky, I berate God with ‘why me’!

I have yet to learn grace to endure with patience, grace to bear without resistance.

Despite the fact God has taught me again and again about acceptance and surrender, it doesn’t seem to come easy for me; there is always an initial resistance.

I envy those who seem to bear with great patience the many sorrows of life, those who seem to accept both the good and bad things that come with the same grace and equanimity.

I long to grow in that grace, grace which endures, grace to rejoice in the enduring, grace to accept, grace to surrender without the struggle, without the resistance,

“Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10)

Patience

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Joining again with the #Five Minute Friday group of writers where we write on a one word prompt. Today’s prompt is: Patience

It is that time of year of sowing little tiny seeds and waiting for them to germinate so that they can be planted out and eagerly wait for them to grow and produce and become a harvest. But if there is one thing I have learned over the few years I have been growing my own vegetables is that you can’t rush it!!

You can’t rush that germination process, each seed takes its own time according to its variety and type of plant. I have had whole packets of seeds not germinate at all, and had to start over. I don’t know if it has been a bad batch, or the soil not right, or it was too cold, I started too early and should have had patience to wait for the right conditions.

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

James 5:7-8

In this strange time of waiting, this time of ‘Lock down’, which we are in just now, we want it to be over, we want to get on with our lives, yet the Lord has His work to do and we can’t rush Him! He is sowing seeds in people’s hearts and lives, we could spoil the whole batch by trying to rush through. Be patient. Stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near.

Be patient.

Stand firm.

The Lord’s coming is near.

Week 1 – Sitting; Day 5 – Waiting

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning; more than the watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 130:5-6

So Matilda waits. By now she must feel the flutterings of the heartbeats of her tiny chicks in their shells. She has hope within her waiting, not long now and her patient endurance will have paid off and the chicks will hatch.

What about us, do we have hope in our waiting? Do we have those little flutterings of hope, little glimpses of God’s promises, little glimpses of what He can do?

Is our hope in His word, is it straining within us, so that it is with our whole being that we are waiting?

Do we know that our hope placed in His Word, will not disappoint?

So let us strain forward, let us look to His Word, let us place our hope in His faithful love towards us and turn our waiting into hopeful waiting.

Lord, I wait for You this day, I place my hope in You, give me a joyful, hopeful waiting time. Amen.

Week 1 – Sitting; Day 4 – Patience

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; with the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow to keep His promises, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

What do you think Matilda was doing on that nest? Do you think she was scoring off the days? No, she was being patient, sitting and keeping on sitting, warming and rolling the eggs beneath her.

We are so impatient aren’t we?

We want God’s answers now! We want to see Him work, come in and transform a situation and now would be a good time!

What about that promise God gave us years ago, have we forgotten it, given up on it?

Do doubts and fears come in because we allow our immediate feelings and reactions to come in and control our situations?

Or can we encourage our hearts that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day? Can we trust that His timing is perfect and He will show up on time, at just the right time?!

Lord, help me to trust Your timings and to be patient in hope to trust Your promises. Amen.