Waiting is hard. If there is one thing all of us have in common during this pandemic it is that we are learning patience. Many are stuck inside their homes, rarely getting out, waiting for the "all clear" sign. Many that do get out wait in lines at drive thru restaurants for a meal. Waiting on stimulus checks and unemployment compensation is common among many. Many in our nation and world are waiting for medical treatment. Some have waited as loved ones battled this virus at home or in the hospital. Sadly, some have waited as their family member weakened and eventually succumbed to this dreaded illness. All of us are waiting for a cure or a vaccine for Covid 19. Such waiting drains you emotionally.
As difficult as waiting may be, God works within us as we wait. James used the farmer as an example of patient waiting.
“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.” (James 5:7)
Simply put, a harvest awaits those who wait on the Lord. The farmer teaches us that. A seed is planted. Wait. The rains come. Waiting continues. The plant grows. More waiting. Tending to the plant occurs often. Waiting is essential. Eventually, after much waiting, the day of harvest finally comes. It is the reward of patient dependence on the Lord and waiting on Him.
All of us have stories of the failings that occur when we refuse to wait. There is no value in rushing the harvest. There is no benefit in hurrying the Lord.
The writer of Lamentations, Jeremiah, wrote through his tears these beautiful words:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Indeed, it is good to wait quietly on the Lord. Every patience-trying situation is a lesson in waiting. But, it’s a lesson we all need in order for God to bring about His harvest in our lives.
Over a year ago I purchased the Hillsong Worship Christmas album entitled: “The Peace Project.” It is fantastic in its message and music! One of the songs is entitled “Seasons,” with these lyrics:
“If all I know of harvest
is that it’s worth my patience;
then, if You’re not done working
God, I’m not done waiting.”
For sure, God is not finished with any of us. He’s still working. The harvest is yet to come. And, I hope you join me in saying today: “God, I’m not done waiting!”