“He has made everything beautiful in its time”
(Ecclesiastes 3:11a ESV)
I’m a gardener who loves color, soil, blooms, and fullness, all without spending much money. So, I’m an anti-annual gardener mostly, although I break down and buy some Gerbera daisies every year. I can’t help myself!!
My modus operandi is usually to buy small, inexpensive perennials or bulbs that barely show up in my garden the first year. Two years later, though, my $3 plant has now spread across the ground, covering every available space. The coneflower I first planted several years ago grew over my head last summer. The Black-Eyed Susans with the original circumference of my hand now span about 3 feet.
But it takes time.
Unfortunately, time is the one thing we don’t often give life—give God. We want Him to renew us, restore us, change us, perfect us, and use us immediately, when we’re still tiny little plants who haven’t grown into maturity.
In her lessons in James: Mercy Triumphs, Beth Moore said, “We demand a holy SPRINT; He gives us the Holy Spirit.”
When the Israelites finally stepped foot into the promised land after 40 years of wandering, God told them from the beginning that conquering would take time. He said, “The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you” (Deuteronomy 7:22).
If they had rushed God, they would have been destroyed and overrun.
In the same way, James writes:
Be patient, therefore, brothers,until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful (James 5:7-11).
Don’t rush the journey. Don’t run ahead of God. Be patient. Establish your heart. Remain steadfast. We don’t always see the reason for the slow pace or the delays, but God is working for our protection and benefit because He is a “compassionate and merciful” Master Gardener.
More Devotions From My Garden:
- Breaking Ground
- Tomato Plant Prayers
- May the God of Hope
- The Storms May Come
- Soil Samples
- Peppermint In The Spring
- Be An Original
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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