Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. ~ James 5:7
I’ve heard it said that “patience” is having a good attitude while waiting and that “waiting” is watching with expectation. So the scripture above is all about attitude. We all go through dry seasons in our lives, seasons of waiting, seasons of knowing that our breakthrough, our promise is right around the corner, but still we must wait for the proper time.
Some might say that my husband and I have waited 40 weeks to see the birth of our little girl—who is due today. But in all actuality, we’ve waited almost three years from the day the Lord first spoke to my husband and said we were going to have children. Just like the farmer, we had a time of planting (seeking out others to pray and believe with us) and then a long time of waiting for the rain (continuing to pray and believe and grow, both as individuals and as a couple). And even when I became pregnant, we still had another 40 weeks of waiting and watching with great expectation. During these last 40 weeks, we’ve seen some of the greatest miracles—not just in watching my stomach shift as the baby moved, but in the way God stretched us and removed things from our path so that we would remain completely dependent upon Him. But then He also blessed us with an overabundance, reminding us that He is our source and that all good things come from Him.
In your struggles today, this week, this year, remember the words of James 5:8, “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”