Gardening. It’s apparently a “thing” here in the Waynesville area. We can’t drive a tenth of a mile without seeing some type of garden. Some are large, some are small. We’ve seen people tilling ground, planting seeds, and now that the plants are starting to grow, we see them tending the garden. I remember gardening with my mom as a child. All 4 of us kids had to help out in some way, whether it was pulling weeds by hand (Because heaven forbid we use the hoe and actually chop down the plant. What?! Sometimes accidents happened.), putting stuff on the plants to keep the bugs off, loosening the soil, harvesting or even preparing the food for canning. We worked that garden. And then, at summer’s end, we had food to last us the whole winter. I’m talking good food – corn, green beans, tomatoes (GOD BLESS THE TOMATO), cabbage, squash, potatoes. The harvest was worth the work and definitely worth the wait.
These last few days have been stretching for us. We sense God doing so many crazy, neat things and yet, nothing is coming together just yet. I get frustrated with process at times. Not ticked off – not disappointed – not in a “are we really supposed to be here” kind of way. I just simply want to see the fruit NOW. I miss being in community every week with my brothers and sisters. I miss the hustle and bustle. I miss the weekly interactions, testimonies, sermons, ministry time, and GASP! even the set up and tear down. I am longing for the day when we see that kind of activity here. Community is so vital to one’s personal growth and spiritual health. It’s necessary. We need each other.
But just like growing a garden, growing a church takes time and lots of patience. It’s a slow process with supernatural moments of “YES! I see that God!” (Those supernatural moments are kinda like waking up one morning and seeing an actual plant popping through the ground when only yesterday you saw nothing.) But then you have to wait. Wait for the plant to grow, then flower, then a small veggie appears. Yeah. That kind of slow process. When I find myself getting fidgety or anxious to see some forward movement, it’s like I hear Him say to me:
Just like a garden takes time to produce fruit/veggies and all that yumminess, New Day Waynesville will take time to produce fruit in the form of people, salvations, healings, deliverances, etc. It’s important to remember that the journey is just as important as the destination.
I’m excited to see the harvest! But I’m equally as excited to get down on my hands and knees and tend the garden with the grace and patience that only supernaturally comes from a loving Father who is right there on His hands and knees beside me – lovingly tending to the tender young shoots that eventually will bear fruit.
Patience, young grasshopper.
Galatians 6:9 (NIRV)
Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.
Grace and peace,