We live in a world of instant gratification.
We rush through the drive-thru, we instantly have face-to-face conversations with people on the other side of the world, and within seconds of posting to social media, everyone can see your pictures. Yes, the message today’s culture teaches us that “You don’t have to wait.” In our modern world of instant gratification, the meaning of having patience has become slightly muddy.
Almost everything worthwhile in life takes time. A bountiful harvest requires toiling the soil, planting the seed and then caring for it. It requires planning, discipline, and long-term execution. When the world teaches us otherwise, having patience and putting in the hard work can be difficult.
A harvest doesn’t happen instantly.
Just like the farmers have to wait for their seeds to grow, we have to wait too. We wait for the end of our unemployment status, a positive sign on a pregnancy test, healing from a painful health issue, or deliverance from an unhealthy addiction.
The Bible tells us to “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14)
Maybe we can stop judging our today based on the result we desire. Maybe we can put our focus on the care that is needed for the seed we planted instead wishing it was full grown.
What does your seed need today? Does it need to be watered? Do you need to remove the weeds that are trying to crowd out the healthy growth? Do you need to stop any bugs from eating what you work so hard to grow?
One way to do this is to be in the Word every day. Get to know the character of God and you will know He is faithful, true and will take care of your seedlings!
Let’s decide together today to wait for the Lord. Let’s commit to persevere with patience until the harvest is ready.