Are You Willing to Wait?

James 5:7-8 KJV “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

When we first moved here to Newfoundland, I knew that planting would be a challenge. The soil here is not good, full of rocks, and poor to till. It requires a lot of fertilizer, and much tending to get rid of weeds. They don’t call this place “The Rock” for nothin. I grew up here and experienced the wind, cold, and damp. It barely gets above the mid 20’s in the summer in the outports, and every day is a windy day. That is Newfoundland. This summer has been a bit of a freak with lots of humidity and little wind, but as September rolled in, things got pretty much back to normal; rain, wind and cold.

When we lived in Quebec we had a beautiful garden with lots of fruit trees, and a lush garden. Trying to reproduce that here would be near impossible, especially living close to the ocean. Still, I am a bit stubborn, and scoped out a few small sheltered places to plant some fruit trees, and I must say they are coming along ok. Now one thing though that has not worked, and I kinda gave up on, were my front yard planters.

In Quebec I had a few planters in the front of my home, and planted Morning Glory, which grew to my delight. I wanted to do the same thing here. For over two years now I have planted these seeds here, and NOTHING. Not even one little hint of growth. Every day I would go and look to see, but nothing. I was disappointed to say the least. Again this year I planted the seeds but I just left it alone. I did not even bother to water the planters and said “GOD you take care of it.” In fact I would just put bird seed in them for the sparrows and blue jays. This September after all summer with all the heat and dryness those seeds, would you know it, finally began to grow.

I look out the kitchen window the other day and saw a beautiful pink bloom in the box. Just one! First I thought “Well what kinda weed is that?” So I went out and to my surprise here it was, my first Morning Glory. I was so excited and thanked GOD. I had waited almost two and half years now for this one little flower. Several others have bloomed since then, purple and pinks and blue.

GOD I think has used this as a lesson to me. GOD waits! HE waits for us. HE waits so long for us to bloom. HE plants, and though the environment is often rough and harsh, HE still waits. Then one day, there we are, without pomp, parade or announcement, perfect and beautiful. Just the way HE meant for us to be, alive and strong through all the mess, and harshness.

We need to learn patience. We are to keep seeking and looking with HIS faith, no matter how long our trials are. Glory awaits to bloom at just the right time. We are to be an example to others, a witness, so that those who struggle will not give up on what GOD waits for. So that they too, will have the patience and be willing to wait and see GOD’s Morning Glory.

All Glory and Honour is Yours Father through Your SON, JESUS CHRIST!

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