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 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.