5. Waiting is like gardening

Waiting is difficult as I have mentioned before. When we moved into our new home four years ago we planted our garden and couldn't wait for everything to start to grow! We looked forward to the trees we will have in our garden and all the shade it would provide. Day after day we would go out and look at the progress it has made. But now after four years, we have some shade and our garden is starting to settle, but we are still waiting for our big trees! And then I realized that nature wants to tell us something.

First of all, even if we don't see it, the roots are forming and firmly placing it in our ground in order to be able to handle the weight of the big tree that will later come. The roots need to be well grounded in order to weather storms and rain that will come. So even if we do not see the results now, there are things happening even if it looks as if everything is standing still. And so it is with you, while you are waiting, God is working in you to prepare you for the future.

Second of all, each season of the garden is needed and each season will pass. The winter is needed as a resting period and the summer as a period of growth. Each of them is necessary. So do not wish away the season that your life is at the moment, embrace it and use it to its fullest potential. If you are in a period of rest, rest, and if you are in a period of growth use it to the best of your ability.

Third of all, plant your hope in the possibilities of the future. I am confident that if there is not a natural disaster (which is highly unlikely where I live), that our trees will grow and they will become big lovely trees. They will provide shade for us and also be an area of enjoyment. I look forward to the future and the possibilities of it. And so you must do in your own life. Look forward to what is waiting for you. Live with an expectant heart that the Lord is now preparing you for what lies ahead.

In the fourth place, even if the garden is not where I would like it to be, I am grateful that it is not where it used to be! It is constantly growing and when we look back at photos we are surprised at the actual growth that took place. Therefore do not focus only on where you want to be, but also look at where you came from and how the Lord helped you to grow to the specific place where you are now and thank Him for it.

And last of all, as I said the garden is not where I would like it to be, but it is beautiful nonetheless. We need to live in the moment and enjoy it for what it is. Maybe I am not here in 10 years' time when the trees have grown big, maybe we move in the mean time and all the years we didn't enjoy the garden as it was. Live in the moment, in the here and now. The present is the best time you have. Even if you are in a waiting season, embrace it for what it is. You are growing towards something and that is very exciting. Thank God for it and spend as much time as you can now with Him.

He is longing for you company!

Thank you Lord for the waiting season in our lives. We know it is a time of growth and we look forward to growing with You. Amen

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