Are you noticing fruit and vegetable stands opening for business around the countryside? Gardeners and farmers in this area are beginning to see the results of months of diligent care as local produce and field crops come into their prime. They cultivated the ground, planted seed,and rooted weeds out from between the rows waiiting for the results of their labour.
Many years ago our neighbour let my brother help plant potatoes. They prepared a trench and set the pieces in the soil. Harold talked to Paul about the eyes needing to be looking up and that each piece should be about 12 inches from the next. He explained that the sprout would grow up through the brown earth and become a plant that needed room to get big.
Paul was in Harold's garden the next morning digging up those pieces to see if what he'd been told was happening. He believed what Harold told him and he wanted to see the change. He had to realize that, hidden below the surface, the seed would grow. All he could do was wait until it developed enough to appear above the ground. That takes patience.
James taught believers that we have to be patient like farmers waiting for their crops. (James 5:7) Our seed is the Word of God. It has life in it. Proverbs 4:22 speaks of God's words being life to those who find them. We track down a passage that relates to our need, read it and meditate on the meaning. That's the seedt-i-m-e... and time is necessary.
Most often we don't see an immediate answer, The words are like that hunk of potato in the ground. We think about the promise and begin to understand its meaning with our minds. The Holy Spirit helps our understanding grow until we know the truth of it in our hearts. Even after receiving the assurance of faith, time may pass before we see the answer.
Father, give us patience to let the seed of Your word grow in our hearts.If we rest in Your truth and let our faith grow, we can be as sure of seeing that need met as the farmer is of reaping his harvest.