Living in a Microwave World

21 09 2013

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There isn’t much we have to wait for these days – except babies.

No one has figured out how to fast-forward a pregnancy…

yet!

The concept of sowing…waiting…reaping  is one we’ve mostly lost in our “have it now” world.

In the “good old days,” families had farms or at least a garden.

If it wasn’t in season, we couldn’t eat it.

If it didn’t grow in your area, we couldn’t buy it –

except by mail order…

…and then we had to…

(here’s that word again)

…WAIT!

There are many fantastic lessons to be learned when growing our own food:

First comes the soil preparation. The ground must be broken up and easy to work.

Then it needs to be piled into rows so the seed won’t drown when water is applied.

Next comes the actual planting of the seed.

Aside from a routine watering cycle and the necessary removal of any weeds, there isn’t much to do except…

…wait.

Oh, and wonder if anything will grow!

At last tiny sprouts appear, which eventually become full plants.

But we can’t eat many of the plants, and so we…

…wait.

Will there be much fruit for our labor? Or will the crops fail, leaving us empty-handed?

There is a sense of excitement and anticipation when blossoms begin to appear.

But we can’t eat the flowers of very many; and…

…wait.

Blossoms turn into tiny fruits and vegetables, not yet ready for the table. We…

…wait.

Finally the time comes to harvest. The time of waiting is over and we can enjoy the wonderful fruit of our labor.

Note that the plants do none of these things for themselves!

In fact, a plant’s “job” is to soak up nutrients, and absorb the sun’s rays. It must submit to the hands of the gardener as well. That’s it! If you go into a garden, you will discover that not one plant is scrunched up, grunting and groaning, striving to produce fruit!

No wonder we buy this stuff at the grocery store instead! A garden requires much work, and much waiting. The tension (if this is your only source of food) can be tremendous.

Delayed gratification seems to be a thing of the past. Few are able to work toward achieving something of value.

Spiritually, it’s no different. We say “the prayer,” and assume we’re good to go. We don’t see the value in waiting on the Lord – for anything; and get kind of miffed if He makes us wait for our prayers to be answered.

“Microwave it, Lord!”

Because He is an excellent Gardener, though, He knows the value of tilling, forming mounds, watering, weeding, pest control, pruning, pinching off suckers, and finally the joy of harvest time.

We could take a lesson from the garden; for when we see ourselves as “plantings of the Lord,” we will be

like trees planted by rivers of water

that brings forth fruit in its season

it’s leaf also shall not wither

and whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1

Our part? Soak up the nutrients of His Word through reading our Bibles and listening to sound teaching, stay in the Sonlight, submit to the Gardener’s pruning, and wait for the harvest…

…it shall surely come!

***

I am the Vine, you are the branches. 

He who abides in Me,

and I in him, 

bears much fruit;

for without Me you can do

nothing.

John 15:5

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26 responses

23 09 2013
writerwannabe763

Very good analogy…. Diane

23 09 2013
beverley

we teach faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow – isn’t that what the Lord wants for us. To plant that seed of faith deep and then wait on him to help it grow?

23 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Definitely!

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22 09 2013
platinumdonmccoy

Thanks for sharing. Personally, God’s teaching me a lot about patience. And instead of giving me the virtue, He’s giving me circumstances to showcase the virtue!

22 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Unfortunately, that’s the way we learn patience. 😉

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21 09 2013
gracesinthecity

Reblogged this on graceinthecity and commented:
wonderful post…

21 09 2013
Julie Garro

Reblogged this on follow his light and commented:
Wonderful analogy. Enjoy.

21 09 2013
greenlightlady

I love your gardening analogy to spiritual seeds that are planted through prayer and waiting. I need to remember that He knows the best timing for both.

Blessings ~ Wendy

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

As a friend said recently, “Godspeed is the best speed!”

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22 09 2013
platinumdonmccoy

Lol. As my daddy would say, ‘The Ancient of Days is never in a hurry’.

21 09 2013
Anonymous

Reblogged this on A Christian Overcomer and commented:
Here is a very, very interesting post.

21 09 2013
melwild

I think God likes the process, and the discovery we go through while waiting, more than providing the answer. And He’s a lot like my oldest cat. All this cat wants me to do is stop whatever I’m doing wherever I am in the house so I will spend “quality time” with him. I think that’s God’s goal too. 🙂

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Cute. I think you may be onto something there! 😉

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21 09 2013
Anonymous

This is just a wonderful post!! I’m re-blogging it. God has been “tilling” and SLOWLY “growing” me for the last 31 years and I have seen no fruit. But I guess my season for harvest has finally come. I am “coming out” as a “people person”! I’m as surprised by this as those who know me are.

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Love it when it’s finally “our season!” 🙂

Thanks for the re-blog.
Love u 😉
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21 09 2013
findingmyinnercourage

Compelling life lesson! Excellent Blog!

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

🙂

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21 09 2013
heavenlyraindrops

Lovely thoughts. They that wait on the Lord shall…..Let me be one of those who wait!

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Maybe that’s why I keep getting extra “weights” added to life…to teach me to wait! 🙂

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21 09 2013
heavenlyraindrops

Me, too! 🙂

21 09 2013
Tanya M.

Excellent! What an awesome life lesson of the importance of waiting. Oh the lessons we learn from a little seed. I pray we stop asking the Lord to microwave everything for us.

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Ditto! 🙂

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21 09 2013
JC

Love it! Who wants anything ‘premature’……anything ‘premature’ takes work and extra care while we ‘wait’ for it to mature.
I can so relate…God is constantly working on my patience 😉 But I have learned that I do not want a pre-mature word, pre-mature blessing, pre-mature anything!
Have a great weekend.
Blessings my sister 😉
JC

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Hmm. Good point. Preemies are at high risk of dying. Give me the mature stuff too! 😉

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21 09 2013
Marijo Phelps

Yep, that’s what I hate most about e-bay – find hat I need without issues but can’t take it home with me right then! We are so INSTANT – and to get in Jesus’ lap and sit and let Him love on us – well, that takes time… going to SIT right now…. Love U

21 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

That’s funny. I’m the same way. I’d rather run to a store and get something than wait for it to come by mail. 😉

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