“Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient.” James 5:7b-8a
Spring is one of my favorite seasons! I love the excitement, the feeling of fresh starts and all of the new life that appears. Spring in nature is much like seasons of spring in our lives. With spring we don’t immediately see the results of the showers, the clearing of snow and warming of temperatures. We have to wait for the cherry blossoms, long sunny days and baby animals.
For farmers and other growers they go through this change of seasons and waiting every year with more anticipation than most of us. For them if the season doesn’t go well they have a poor harvest that year. You’ve probably seen the effects of the crazy weather we’ve had at your local grocery store.
The thing about spring that we haven’t learned yet is that its better to be patient and wait for the seasons to develop themselves than to force things to happen. When we try to rush through things or rush people or plants, we can get in the way of the natural order of things. I like being able to pick freshly grown vegetables and fruits at the store rather than waiting for mine to grow, but all of the modifications and chemicals we use to make things grow bigger and faster aren’t the best for our bodies.
We’ve tried to rush our lives and learning too. But what I’m learning is that some things can’t be rushed. Sometimes we have to try things out and wait for things to develop. While we’re waiting we’re not supposed to do nothing however. Like farmers who weed while the plants grow, we’re supposed to keep learning and working and making step-by-step progress.
What is God trying to teach you in this spring season of your life? Are you open to the lessons He’s trying to show you or pushing as hard as you can to get through?