Patience in Growth
I'm sitting here with shaking legs as I try to muster words to write. It's something I do subconsciously when I become impatient - fitting because here I am writing about "Patience in Growth." Safe to say this stuff does not come easy for me.
The past three months have been loaded with rapid change in mine and Erik's life. For a moment change became the norm. I was in a season of being uprooted. Uprooted from college, from my hometown, from singleness, and the list goes on.
As the season of being uprooted is closing, I'm finding myself repotted in new soil. It's a bit uncomfortable. It's new and not the continuous change like I was used to, but it's necessary. In order for a plant to grow it needs to establish roots and eventually for it to continue growing it will need a new pot, a new home.
So here I am sitting in my new pot realizing that growth is going to take time and time requires patience. It takes patience to build relationships. It takes patience to learn a new schedule or routine. Growth has one requirement, time. Sometimes I think I can cheat time. I have the mindset if I work harder or longer or quicker then I will see results or growth faster. Often that's true, but that's not always the case.
They who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength - Isaiah 40:31
We become stronger (or grow) when we wait? It makes no sense to me, but it doesn't have to make sense in my mind for it to be truth.
As I sit in this new soil, I crave the Living Water. I wait on Jesus to show up in His time. It's always better that way, but it doesn't mean it's easy to wait. It doesn't mean it's easy to be patient. Good news is we don't have to muster the strength to be patient on our own. Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. He doesn't give us one thing without all the others - they're a package deal.
We are resting in the Spirit as Erik and I await growth in marriage, in friendships, and in Willow. The Lord has proved to be faithful in all of these things and will continue to bring His provision. As we continue to narrate the notable moments of life, we'll be patient in the stillness and eagerly await the new growth that is to come.