My granddaughter planted seeds last week. Her mother told me the next day that Rachel went out and looked at the spot where she had planted and said – “Where are the flowers? ”
“You have to wait, dear.”
Waiting is SO difficult. Currently I have several very dear friends who are waiting….
- for results about what cancer treatment is recommended – radiation, chemo, both
- for healing from a miscarriage
- for visas to come through so their family can leave for the foreign mission field
- for results in a court case
- for hip replacement surgery
- for results of an evaluation of a grandson with special needs, so he can receive the services he needs
- for healing of the heart for her precious daughter
All these situations are in the forefront of each of these friends’ minds.
They are also of utmost importance to God.
How do I know that? Because in I Peter 5:6-11, Paul ends his letter to the early Christians this way –
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever.
Verse 7 says, cast – or give ALL your anxiety to God – because He cares for you!
I believe God does care about each of the concerns we face. That may not make it easier to wait, but it does give me hope while I wait.
I called Rachel and told her that Nana had planted seeds, too. I told her it was time to wait – the seeds would grow and be beautiful flowers – someday. Now there is no danger of Rachel just sitting, watching and waiting until the seeds send up shoots. She is one active three-year old – no doubt about it! She will probably remember to check frequently, but Rachel has many other things to do.
That made me think about myself during times of waiting. Sometimes there is NOTHING else we can do, sometimes there are many things to do.
The issue for me is not to miss something God has for me to do just because I am waiting. I need to ask God for direction in the interim, while I am waiting. It also makes the wait time go faster if I am serving others, not just focusing on my own concerns.
God is faithful – we must also be faithful – while we wait.
In My Garden with God #18