Waiting. Limbo. Delay. Holdup. Overdue. Probably not the most favored words in our Western “let’s-yell-at-the-microwave-to-hurry-up” culture. Especially when the waiting has to do with a particular season of life we’re in and we’d much rather be moving onto the next.
Life is full of seasons. Not just the seasons we experience in nature, but seasons of life. Maybe you’re in a single season – not married, not dating. Or maybe you’re in the baby season, experiencing parenthood for the first time or fifth time. Maybe it’s a “full-on” season where life is packed full revolving around a project at work or your business is booming and you are switched full-on, all energy and time completely expended. Maybe it’s a jobless season. Maybe you’re in a learning season. Maybe you’re in a forgiving season where hurt seems to be a daily experience. Growing seasons. Stretching seasons. Letting go seasons. Clean-up seasons. Whatever the season, there’s often that voice of reassurance deep inside reminding us, “this too will pass.”
Except what about those seasons that DON’T PASS?!? The ones that linger. The ones long-overdue for transition. You’ve been waiting. And waiting. Waiting…..! “Hello!?! Um, enough already! I’m ready to move on, here! Please!” I don’t like those seasons.
I am not a gardener in any shape or form. However, I greatly love all the delicious fresh, organic veggies that come from the garden. Thankfully, I have a husband who loves to garden. So he plants, I enjoy. (Actually there is a verse about that – John 4:38 🙂 This year we’ve had a ridiculous bumper crop of grape tomatoes. Which living in Northern Alberta isn’t a normal occurrence — our growing season is much too short. It isn’t unusual at this time of year to have not only several weeks of freeze, but also a ground cover of snow. However this year, we’ve had a glorious extension on summer and the wonderful result: a bumper crop of juicy, delicious, pop-in-your-mouth tomatoes. (You can see the ones picked and the ones still to come.) We can’t pull them off the plants quick enough. Had it not been for the extended season, we would have enjoyed some garden fare but only a typical amount.
I believe the extended “God-when-will-this-end?” seasons in our lives serve much the same purpose. God desires to bring a BUMPER CROP of good stuff to our lives. Through the wait, the delay, the hold-up, the limbo.
Galatians 6:9 in the Amplified says,
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
Take heart. God loves us too much to simply be content and say, “There you go! That should hold you for awhile.” God in His lavish grace extends the season for our benefit and abundance. The overdue stay in the current season you’re in could very well be God’s extension to bring a bumper crop of good fruit your way – the fruit of His character. Things like a overwhelming love, more joy than you know what to do with, peace that doesn’t lift, patience beyond your comprehension, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control greater than you’ve ever experienced. Everything God does and desires to do is in abundance. He’s the God that works infinitely greater than our wildest imaginations, hopes, dreams. He’s the God that supersedes our expectations. He’s the God of more than enough. And He is working to bring a bumper crop of goodness in your life.