The trees in the local plantation are growing steadily, but while already beautiful in their present state, it will be decades before they reach maturity.
Those who planted them had a long term plan in mind, not a quick fix.
We live in a culture of instant gratification, & it is so easy to let its values infect our view of Kingdom life: we want everything to happen tomorrow, & feel we're failing if we haven't quick answers to show for our faith.
he was commissioned at the burning bush.
and 22 years before becoming King of Israel.
And it takes time to grow the character needed to handle some of His blessings & promises.
The long term plan for those saplings?
To become fully-grown trees of strength, stature and beauty, and a source of shade and sustenance to the plantation wild-life.
And the long-term plan for us?
To be a planting of the Lord for the display
of His splendour. [Isaiah 61:3]
Lay them down before the Lord & be at rest -
He is working everything out for your good.
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