My daughter is a collector. She also loves the outdoors. So her favorite items to collect are things from nature. We have had bags of leaves, tubs of rocks and acorns, precious acorns to name a few. About a year ago she found some really large acorns around our house while she was on another one of her “digs.” As always, she put them in a bag to save. Well, we noticed a few weeks later that the acorns were sprouting. With huge excitement in her eyes she declared she was going to grow oak trees for all of her family. So we carefully planted the sprouted acorns into little cups and began to water. Day after day, she watered the little cups of acorns in her window. Day after day, the acorns stayed the same, not much change. About 6 months into the process, I broke the news to her that I didn’t think we were going to get trees from our acorns. After all, they had stayed the same for the past 6 months and I was really tired of looking at cups of dirt. So we pulled them up and, much to our surprise, a lot had been happening underneath the dirt. An elaborate root system was forming. We quickly covered them back up and she kept on doing what she was doing. About a month ago, we began to see something green, and now we have a baby tree living in our sunroom.
I have learned a huge lesson on patience while I have watched my daughter work with her acorns this year. Daily, she made sure the dirt was covering them and they were moist. When we went out of town, we made sure the dog-sitter took care of the acorns too. She never grew tired of tending to them. On many days she would scream “Momma, come look at our plants.” She never called them “our acorns.” She always called them “our plants.” You see, she was patiently looking toward the future of the acorn. She knew its great potential and she had no doubt it could achieve it. She was there every step of the way encouraging the acorn.
Isn’t that just like our Heavenly Father. We go through these hard and tough times. We are working and digging and trying to make a way, to make things better and there seems to be nothing happening. Most of the time, we just give up. We lose our nerve, we are impatient and don’t want to wait on God’s timing. If only we could stop, take in the loving care He is giving us then maybe we could see the intricate plan He is creating underneath the soil.
Our little plant reminds me of Romans 8:24-30. 4 We were given this hope when we were saved. If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. (so if we already had a plant, we wouldn’t need to plant the acorn) 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. (watching an acorn for a year) 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (watering and nurturing the acorn) 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (she called it a plant) 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
What are you struggling with? It’s hard to be patient. I am the most impatient person alive. I joke with my husband and tell him its my one weakness. In reality I have many. Truthfully though, it’s tough for me to be patient. I am a get it done kind of girl. I have a lot of irons in the fire and really don’t have time to wait. But, if I would stop and wait on the Lord and let Him love on me and learn in the waiting I would be a much stronger woman. It is my prayer that God will give me the wisdom to quiet myself and worship Him in the waiting.