Why we must learn to wait upon the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Three seeds were lying in a crag of a rocky hillside. They were brothers together long ago, in the womb of a delicious fruit. Over the years they had been blown here and there, wherever the wind carried them, was their home. Together they had seen the ocean and the hills. They had drifted over vast fields of wild flowers, very beautiful, and over mighty forests, green and lush. Several times they nearly met their end, but had always escaped. They had always been seeds, and as far as they knew, they would always continue to be seeds. One day the Lord saw them lying together on the rocky hillside, and immediately recognized them. I created you seeds, to be beautiful fruit trees. To provide shade for the weary, and delicious fruit for those that hunger. I will plant you in a plot of my best soil, warm and moist. I will provide gentle rain for you, and sunshine. Be patient my little seeds, and you will become greater then you have ever imagined. Mark 4:26-29 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
The three seeds lie in the ground for many weeks, and could see nothing happening. One seed said, “I have waited here and see no change, I was happier out in the sunshine. This place is dark and cold. Perhaps the one who put us here did not know what he was talking about.” So the first seed wiggled his way out of the soil, where the Lord had planted him, and found himself back in the familiar place he was accustom to. ” A seed I am, and a seed I will always be! ” Proclaimed the first seed. The other seeds shook their heads in disapproval. If only the first seed had waited, they thought. He could have joined us as beautiful fruit trees. After several months the remaining two seeds felt a change. They began to develop roots, and at last, their tiny shoots broke through the soil. How wonderful it was, to feel the sunshine and rain again on their faces, they thought. The second seed waited several months, but could not perceive any further growth. “The Lord said he created us. He also said, sunshine and water would help us to grow. I know a place that gets more sunshine then this. And the mighty ocean has more water then I will get in a lifetime, sitting here.” So the second seed pulled itself up by its roots, and made off for the sunny desert, and the mighty ocean. ” Wait! ” Cried the third seed. “The Lord told us to be patient, and He would provide what we need.” But the second seed was sure he knew better. And off he went. Soon the second seed was worse off then the first. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Now the third seed was all alone. But he remembered the words of the Lord, and waited patiently for the results. He missed his brother seeds, and wondered if they were right, and if he should have joined them. But he recalled how the Lord had said, He was their Creator. He must know what is best for me, thought the third seed. And so he waited.
After many years, the little seed became a beautiful fruit tree. Just as the Lord had said, all those years ago. The third seed thought back. I did not provide the rain when I needed it, or the sunshine. I did not create the good soil, that has provided for me all these years. I did not send for the honey bees, that have pollinated my lovely flowers. I did not call for the birds, that have taken the new seeds I have produced, and scattered them over the land. I provide shade for the weary, and delicious fruit for those that are hungry. I have become a blessing to all that come unto me!