Walk Worthy: Wait
"That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of GOD.
Summertime: sunny days, swimming, the beach, picnics, fresh veggies, buzzing insects, sun ripened tomatoes, and fruit. Long hot days followed by balmy nights; the hum of the air conditioners, and sticky kisses from a sun kissed child. I love summer and, for someone who is always hot, I relish the sunshine and try to spend as much time in the sun as possible.
I especially enjoy the different summer fruits - melons, berries, plums, nectarines. Fruit takes time to grow. When picked early it’s usually hard, bitter, and unprofitable. If we eat it anyway the odds are we’ll get sick. Fruit has to ripen and that takes time. It has to stay on the vine, tree or in the ground until the right time. Only when it ripens is it sweet and juicy. We eat it and it nourishes us.
"I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser."
It’s the same with us and our relationship with the Lord. When God tells us to wait on Him, it's for our benefit. When He tells us to abide, to live in His perfect will and be patient, there's usually a lesson for us to learn.
"Abide in Me and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me."
But we try to speed things up, impatiently wanting our timing and not His. When we don't wait and we "Do it my way", we complain about the outcome. We become bitter and sick of things not working out. But, listen. If you wait on the Lord and His timing, the fruit of waiting will be sweet, pleasing, and profitable.
"Wait on the Lord; be strong, take heart and wait on the Lord.
Enjoy the summer. Wait on the Lord’s timing and see how sweet the fruit of our faith can be as we wait on the Lord.
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
by Eve Montano