The farmer keeps waiting for the precious fruit . . . You too exercise patience.​—Jas. 5:7, 8.

Some crops are planted in early fall and harvested many months later. They have no choice but be patient, do the work and wait for the crops to grow. We are wise if we also imitate the farmers patience. It is not easy to do. We live in a world of immediate gratification and since we are imperfect, having patience is difficult. But if we want our figurative garden to grow it requires a lot of digging, planting, weeding, and watering. All those actions take time and the reward of your efforts is not seen right away, but when we are patient we can avoid discouragement when difficulties arise. For example, a farmer cannot control the weather and sometimes crops fail, but he keeps working and saves the crops he can. We have to remember that while we plant and water, God is the one that makes everything grow and he will reward our efforts. (1 Cor. 3:6)

Given the current circumstance in which I find myself, I appreciate this scripture. It is so applicable and shows me that Jehovah cares about me and my personal situation. Life has gotten very challenging lately we now have children in the home again. I don’t regret the decision, but unlike my former “empty nest” life, this requires 150% “on” all the time from 5:30 a.m. onward almost every day. So this text is a reminder of why this is so important and how I can maintain my peace and have proper thinking and hope for the future. I am so thankful that Jehovah thinks of me and gives me what I need to get through day by day.

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