Spiritual Sunday

Watching The Leaves Grow: Good Things Take Time!

“ Time is money,” which is a slogan the Hip Hop culture tends to proclaim. There are many different interpretations to this phrase, but what does it truly mean? I believe it speak differently to people; but what comes to my mind is that time is valuable and you must move in a fast pace to reach your goals. Being honest, I lived by that concept a lot.

    Being broke, not having much to live on or survive. It’s so easy to develop a hustler’s mentality, which you have to “ bust moves” before the next person does, or hurry up to collect thing living with the fear of lack and loss.  Anxiety begins to creep up when you are unable to complete things at certain time frame.

   I would like to consider those characteristics to be apart of the survivor and poverty mentality that needed to be healed within. I have been a survivor much of my life, and I am sure many of you have too!

  So, can you imagine why being impatient was considered goals? As a black woman trying to head in the right direction; I didn’t have to time to waste on BS. Thou, I was thinking about my own feelings. I thought I was sending a direct message to others that my time was valuable.

      In reality, being impatient with others communicatedthem that I didn’t care about their feelings or consider their needs. I grew so adapted to being impatient that I began to despise time. I am millennial, where I mention before I am use to things working fast in my life. It was not until God told me to “Wait”, which was when I began to discover the beauty of Watching Leaves Grow.

Habakkuk 2:3 CEV, “At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting— it will happen!”

      I mention before that waiting was an weakness of mine. I did not like waiting on people for long and I learned that behavior growing up also. Being impatient seems like you got your results faster, which was what I was aiming to do. My old concept was that fast meant good and I did not have to worry about anything after that.

   Developing spiritually, God had me wait for a while for visions he had given me. Sometimes when we began to wait on the visions God has given us. We began to take things in to our own hands or worst give up. God encouraged me so much that giving up became not an option. Through God’s consistent encouragement, I began to understand that his wait was not for my punishment. God’s wait was a gift to inspire me to develop in to the person that could handle the vision he gave me.  I knew it was time for me to fight for what I desire to have in my life. The best way to do that was to prepare for my vision by writing it down.

   Habakkuk 2:1-2 CEV states, “While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the Lord ‘s answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint. Then the Lord told me: “I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.”

I began to discover that God is all about promoting the well-equipped and not the unfurnished. I needed to be polished up because I was broken and weak in many areas of my life. The wait served his purpose.

Galatians 6:9 NIV, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

   Another concept I developed was that maybe just maybe if I hurried up and completed a lot of good deeds than surely God would know I was ready to receive the visions he had given me. That concept lead me to be overworked, frustrated, confused, and a bit upset at God that things were not working in the way I imagined. The nerve of me huh?

    The revelation that was given to me was that performing good deeds would not change a thing in my life, but a changed heart and mind would produce just about everything I desired. It was not my timing that would give me what I wanted, but it God’s timing along with my obedience that would later lead to me being discipline in areas that I was very weak in.

Isaiah 40:31 CEV,“But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired.”

    The more I began to pray and develop a relationship with the Lord. I began to discover that I was renewed in strength mentally, emotionally, and physically, and spiritually. All of this was happening at the same time. I began to discovered that I no longer had cracks in my spirit that needed to be healed and delivered because I did not have a desire adapt to those old habits and thoughts that kept me bounded.

    The kindness of the Lord is everything, which something you will began to grasp the more you connect with him and your higher self. You will began to discover that his reputation here on Earth is so miscued that you will began to understand that many are worshipping religious God and not the Spiritual God. There is a difference. I have learned that some people shape God from their own inequalities.

Isaiah 55:8-9 CEV states, “ The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.”

I am so grateful God thoughts are higher than mine and others. It creates a safe feeling within.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

    Lastly, I began to understand the concept “ Good Things Take Time” was a true concept created by God.  Leaves take time to grow and when a tree reach its vision filled with the leaves, it is such a beautiful sight with many different colors.

   I began to discover that God was not a God of rushing, moving fast, and being impatient. In fact, he is the opposite. God helps me to feel safe and relief  in his presence about my life. It safe to know that he is the Creator that makes all things right, in which he sent his Son Jesus so that we could have everlasting life.

    God is an encourager, who will direct your path along your journey. I hope you are as excited for your vision as much as I am. Don’t give up because there is beauty in waiting and the best things take time to make. God has not forgotten about you, but he is waiting on you to change your heart and mind so your visions will come to fruition. It coming very very Soon! God bless!

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