Get Active… And Wait

Today’s post is going to be fairly quick.

I’ve got a few projects in the works, but those are still cookin’. In the mean time, I’d love to share some thought fodder.

I just finished a study in James yesterday, and last week, I was wrestling through the last half of the fifth chapter. He discusses patience in waiting for the Lord being like that of a farmer waiting for the harvest.

Be patient, therefore, brothers,until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

The thing that struck me about the waiting of a farmer is that it is active. He must prepare the field and tend the plants and the soil throughout the season. He can’t just plant the seeds and let it go. He won’t have fruit that way.

So what about me? How am I patient as the farmer is patient? How am I establishing my heart for the coming of the Lord? I’m still trying to think about this and as we are in the second week of advent, I think this is a valid discussion to start. So tell me what you think:

  • What does it mean for you to actively wait in your current season and stage of life?
  • How are you establishing your heart?
  • What does it even mean to ‘establish your heart?’

Have your own questions? Throw them out there! I’d love to hear them as well as your thoughts.

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