Healthy, Ripe and Delicious

We all know what it’s like to want something desperately but have to wait for it. Delays are always frustrating.  They can also feel unbearable, discouraging…even infuriating.

My husband had been single for 20 years after his divorce as a young man.  He had almost given up hope of finding the right partner until we met.  I remember that at our wedding the pastor congratulated him for “waiting well.”  It described his journey so perfectly, I’ve never forgotten that insight.

The Bible considers patience a sign of spiritual maturity.  It’s called a “fruit of the Spirit.”  If you’ve ever watched fruit grow, you know that you cannot accelerate its natural ripening process (the food industry tries by plucking early, but that compromises both taste and nutrients and I’m not talking about that!)  Every season and phase is necessary for fruit to fully mature and reach its full peak of color, texture, taste, and smell.  Then, it’s delicious and satisfying as well as good for you!

Right now, I’m trying to wait well about something…and, you know, it’s hard.  My husband went through six weeks of treatments for his bladder cancer and now we’ve had to wait six more weeks until his next biopsy to see how his body has responded. We’re hopeful that the cancer has been destroyed or is at least retreating, and God has give us faith that a complete healing is possible.

But, waiting is tough and some days are harder than others.  I know God’s timing cannot be rushed, and after months now of being in the trenches with this, I’m sure we’ll both be very ripe and mature when it’s all over.  I certainly hope that also means we’ll be healthy and delicious.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary:
they shall walk, and not faint.
( Isaiah 40:31 )

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