I am not a gardener, but I think we all can appreciate a beautiful garden. The season of spring is upon us and soon we will see an array of flowers in our gardens or, if you’re like me, you’ll appreciate everyone else’s garden and enjoy the one succulent you can keep alive.
But seeds don’t grow overnight. It’s quite a long process. They start small and they grow slow.
Gardens require a lot of work and waiting. You plant a seed months, sometimes years before you see anything, but it’s here in the waiting period where you could think that nothing’s happening. You’re just staring at dirt, but you are absolutely wrong.
Deep below there is a seed that if you continue to cultivate and water it, in its season for growth it will spring up. It will just require a waiting season.
It’s been a resounding phrase in my head to wait. Let’s be honest, waiting isn’t fun. It can seem like hours but only minutes have past. Waiting on a house, waiting to start a family, waiting on that six pack to show up, or just waiting for my kid to fall asleep. But what should I do while I am waiting? Look around and feel disappointment or trust that in this season, even though it’s uncomfortable and frustrating, there is something I can do now while I wait. God has encouraged me to embrace this season by being good at being uncomfortable. What that represents to me is to use this time to dig my roots deep and cultivate my foundation so that when the time comes I will be ready.
It’s easy to get off course while you’re waiting, but make a choice to embrace it. Use it as a preparation season. Turn that frustration into your motivation and discipline your desire for the change that is coming in your season. God wants to cultivate patience inside of us that will produce the endurance that will last us a lifetime.
So how do we do this?
1. Break up the soil:
It’s normal to get complacent and distracted by our emotions, thus shifting our focus from what God has for us. We can’t go by how we feel. We must break up the dry ground and bring life to our soul by asking God, “How do you want to use this frustration to bring glory to you?” Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
2. Bloom where you are planted:
You can not bloom unless you are planted. Don’t uproot that seed. We stay rooted by coming to church no matter how we’re feeling. God gives us a promise that if we come to His house, we will flourish. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us that we are to not avoid worshipping together, but to encourage, love and build each other up. Thus, you need people to walk this out with you, you can’t do this alone.
3. Cultivate your salvation and stay hydrated:
Phil 2:12-13 says that we should cultivate our salvation and pursue spiritual maturity. To cultivate something is to work to make it better. So we must actively guard our hearts like Proverbs 4:23 teaches us. Keep hydrated by letting our roots go down deep and entwine them with leaders and friends who will tell you to keep showing up no matter how you feel. Be willing to be used to help those who we encounter. Don’t wait for everything in life to be perfect, use your story to encourage another.
4. Pray Hustle Repeat:
God planted that seed within you. It was no accident. Let’s pray over it, prepare our heart, and see with eyes of faith what it will grow to be. In the meantime, hustle. Get your hands dirty. Fight the urge to be disappointed of where you thought you would be and instead give it all you’ve got. Make the most of this season. Serve, give and wait with expectancy. Time will fly while you’re hands are on the plow and soon you will be able to look back and realize you’re already in the middle of your harvest!
By Marina Pulido