Bamboo farmers know a thing about waiting. They have extraordinary patience as they wait five years until any sign of growth from their faithful and consistent labor is visible. These farmers are rewarded for their patience by seeing their seedlings reach its full potential of 90 to 100 feet in just six short weeks from the initial sprout.
Were you given a bean seed in elementary school to take home and watch sprout into a long green stem and leaves? I could barely wait the few days it took to see that growth! But, to wait five years?
As an adult, I haven't outgrown the repetitive "Are we there yet?" stage, so patience is not my strength. How about you?
To know amazing growth will take place in such a short time following that long wait is enticing to hang in there, but still...five years?
Our world is fast-paced, and people have become accustomed to not having to wait long for this or that. It's a wonderful advancement! However, there is a problem with carrying this fast-paced mentality over into one's faith, hope, and love.
A person will be disappointed if he or she is banking on overnight success. Working hard and long for something can seem a bit antiquated today. A work smarter, not harder philosophy is a more relevant theme of current times. We know more, and thus, we can use that knowledge to cut corners and save time and energy.
Again, this advancement is good as long as we don't cut so many corners and give up when the going gets uncomfortable...before we give growth a chance.
When you don't see something positively happening in your job or a relationship, do you want to abandon ship and look for something better?
When you don't see sales, clients or interest in your new business, do you want to close up shop?
When you don't see any pounds being shed or health results improving, do you want to scarf down a bucket of ice cream while saying, "What's the use?"
It is natural to focus on only what can be seen, and assume that when nothing is visible, it simply does not exist. No growth is taking place.
But, what if your promotion, business dream, health aspirations, or heart desires are taking their necessary time to reach their fullest potential like the bamboo tree?
You have the Master Gardener, God, beneath the surface of your life always working. He is constantly nurturing your life seedlings. He is waiting for you to do the same, though. He wants you for the long haul, not just when the going is smooth and quick.
But, how exactly can we do that? Well,...
We can dwell in the reassurance that God takes delight in us. He enjoys seeing us become whom He created us to be.
Let's say that again...
He delights in YOU. He enjoys seeing YOU as YOU are now, and who you can become, who He created YOU to be.
God has created each of us for an amazing purpose. We must not be afraid to reach for that goodness.
So, hang in there! Everything you are doing that may go unnoticed to the human eye is always noticed by your Master Gardener! Every little thing you are doing to grow your seed is necessary and worthy. Don't cut corners. Work smarter AND work harder. Work with integrity. Work as if working for the Lord, because you ARE!
The moment you think nothing is happening can be the moment right before everything happens.
So, don't give up too soon. Don't quit. God's timing will surprise you.
Will the sprouts, or outcomes, be exactly what you expect? No, not necessarily. Don't be surprised if the blooms are more beautiful than you imagined. Why? Well,...
God is always working beneath your surface waiting for you...and waiting with you...to grow what He has planted in you and for you. How awesome is that? He wants to shower you with abundance! He delights in you and hopes you will delight in Him. Bask in His love for you! He will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
- Psalm 37:4
Hang in there...growth is happening right now even if it doesn't feel like it, and in due time, look out!
Hi! I'm Bonnie.