So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains. You too, be patient; strengthen your hearts [keep them energized and firmly committed to God], because the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:7-8 (Amplified)
There it is again, patience, that topic that seems to arise quite often as we study the Bible. Patience is a very tough concept and depending on the day, sometimes it’s more difficult than others. I’ve always enjoyed the concept of the patient farmer. Even though I don’t do yard work or garden, I know that in order to reap a harvest, you prepare the land, you plant the crops, you wait and pray, and hopefully you will reap a harvest. It’s not on the farmer’s time table; it’s a waiting process and sometimes a very trying process that may take months or years to see the results.
But just like the farmer is patient, we too must be patient and we must work hard to be ready for the Lord’s coming. We must wake up each day, “preparing our land”, or also known as live for the Lord. We need to read our Bible, do good to our neighbors, go to church, volunteer, help out a friend in need, be a listening ear, and anything else the Lord may call us to do. We must keep doing these things, focusing on being everything that God has called us to be. Then before we know it, the Lord will come again.
Now I’m sure that most of you don’t want to wish your life away, but there’s plenty to do to get ready for the “harvest.” I don’t think it matters your age, occupation, or energy level. The Lord will call you where He wants you to go. Perhaps it is bagging lunches at First Pres, traveling to Honduras, knitting a prayer shawl, helping out at the Soup Kitchen, or sitting with a neighbor on the front porch. Whatever and wherever He is calling us, we must go. In the meantime, we must be patient, we must prepare, and we must be expecting – the Lord is near!
All Knowing Lord, You know every thought before we ever have it. Please guide us to do the work You have for us to do here on earth. Help us to be diligent with Your calling, always keeping our hearts and minds focused on You. Amen.