Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Work of Patience

We've been waiting. We've been watching. We've been keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the weather cooperates. And finally the patience has paid off.

We've got sprouts. Little bits of lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets.

They're tiny and itty-bitty, but they're there.

It's always amazing to me how seeds even grow. You take this tiny thing and place it in a dark place and give it a bit of water and a lot of time and eventually something happens. There's really nothing I can do that makes the growing happen. It's all a matter of placing the seed in the right location, and then patience.

That's the hard part. The patience. It's not unlike life. There's a greater work going on here, in me and in you. But it takes patience and well, work, to get there. God has me in a process and he is totally okay with where I am right now. But he doesn't want me to stay there, he wants me to grow and so do I. But it takes patience. I know - that word again. Patience. It's hard isn't it?

Yes, it's a process. It's a work in progress and it's all about placing myself in the right conditions for growth.

Do I place myself in places that encourage me? Do I make time to be with God, who makes the growth happen? Do I have room in my life for things that are edifying and will build me up? If so then, with patience, I'll see growth. I'll get there. I'll be the woman God wants me to be.

But it's all about being patient with God's work in me. Knowing that it's one day at a time, one step in front of the other, persevering with faith and patience.

You know, I'm not the only one who has traveled on this road. I don't journey alone. Many have gone before me, and many are ahead of me.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Let's keep running, keep going and keep encouraging each other on this road. Keep on with patience. We'll see that work that God is doing. Let's keep remembering that God is always working on our behalf.

To find some more motivation this morning be sure to head over to Sarah Mae's for some simple ideas to get you going.


  1. I agree about sprouting seeds. I mean, I'm 36 and I still think it's so cool when one of my seeds sprouts! Maybe it's the optimism of "new life."

  2. Very well put! Patience is difficult, but we keep running the race until it is finished! Lovely post today! Thanks for sharing!


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