Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster
This song has been running over and over in my mind reinforcing this powerful Scripture related to patience - waiting upon the Lord, our Everlasting God. Listen and read on...
We spent some time on Saturday filling in our planter in the front yard with several different perennials. The earth was moist from a week’s worth of rainfall and the bulbs landed softly in their cozy dirt homes. We covered them with a blanket of more dirt and left them there with a sense of satisfaction and anticipation.
The next morning my little man wanted to go see the flowers. Where are they? He wondered. How do I explain a waiting period of 6 months to a child whose life is only 5 times that increment?
The flowers are babies and they are hibernating until winter is over; then they will slowly poke their heads through their beds into the sunlight world and we will enjoy their colorful beauty. I know, I don’t want to wait until spring to see them again either, but they need this time under ground to prepare for their moments of glory. They do not look like flowers yet (more like strange onions), so they wait for the time of transformation to be complete. If the flowers bloomed today, they would not last long in the bitter winter weather. Flowers were created to bloom in the spring – that is their God-given purpose.
Wait, my son, wait until spring when you have forgotten all about this day of planting and you will be surprised by a gift of beauty. We must wait until harsh winter has blown past and the time of rebirth will come. God will whisper to that seemingly dead bulb deep under the surface of the earth “The time has come.” The time for you to shine in all your glory.
The Greek word patience is translated “abiding under” (Vines). How appropriate. The bulbs are not dead, though they seem so, they are simply abiding under the mounds of earth. And so, hope is not dead either. We must abide – subsist on the blood of Christ flowing through our veins – we must live under the trials of today. We must draw deep breaths from His precious air and abide.
The death life constantly brings us.
Are there things you have planted that have not yet bloomed? What are you waiting for? How do we wait for God’s answers, how do we live in this winter of silence? If we jump ahead of God’s timing, we may wilt in the harsh winter ahead, but if we wait for the right time, if we wait to hear His whisper, our glory will shine for Him.
So don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passioante patience, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. 2 Peter 1:5-7 MSSG
Oh Lord, I wait upon You in Your unfathomable wisdom for the gifts I seek – I wait for the time to be ripe. Oh Lord, grant patience to wait for winter to pass that spring may invade my life again. Father, I’m reminded that everything has its season and the rhythm of life is given by You. Creator of all, I wait for You to whisper in my ear, “It is time.”
Psalm 27:14 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
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