There’s a lot of time between those things…
Recently, Laura and I have felt somewhat frustrated (that might not even be the right word) about the progress of things here in G-Vegas. I’ve never been a patient guy. I’ve always wanted things to happen now. More like yesterday. I spent yesterday brewing in my own pity stew, praying off and on all day, asking God to start a disciple multiplying movement here in G-Vegas, and to let us play our part (and, by the way, show us what that part is). I went to bed late last night a little worried.
And woke up completely at peace.
I have to always keep in mind the organic nature of the kingdom. Seeds take time to plant, and harvest time is always the goal… but there’s usually a lot of time in between. Often, it is weeks before you see the first seeds sprout, and even then it is a long time before harvest. What we must do in between seed time and harvest is cultivate those seeds and sproutlings.
That thought hit me this morning. And it’s completely comforting. We’ve spent a lot of time planting seeds. We’re developing some cool relationships with people who either don’t know Jesus or who want to talk about him. Now we’re being intentional about cultivating them, knowing full well that God is the one who brings the spiritual harvest.
Patience isn’t easy for me, but God is developing it in me. So don’t get so discouraged when something doesn’t produce immediately. Instead, be intentional about cultivation. After all, we’re not the One who brings about the harvest anyway.