James 5:7-9 “Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time. Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner.”
Yes, yes, yes! All of the YESSSSS! So much goodness in these two verses. I adore this visual of how we should be waiting for Jesus’ return. And sis, HE IS COMING BACK! We should wait like a farmer waits for his valued crops to mature. Let the rain do its work! (Well, if that won’t preach 👏🏽). Wait steady, strong and READY! He could come anytime. And while we wait, let’s not complain about each other. (Okurrr Facebook 👀) Because a far greater complaint could be made against you and the Judge is close enough to see. I would hate to think that we did all the steady and strong waiting well, but we’re judged because we complained about each other. Let’s lead the change here sis! If we do better, then our daughters do better, and their daughters. We are our sisters keeper and if we are many members making up one body, as it says in 1 Corinthians 12, then when we complain about others, we are complaining about ourselves.
You better just be glad i didn’t call today’s consecration to be Facebook 😂 But for real though, it would do some of us good to just let it go, cue Idina Menzel in Frozen 🎶. Today, we are going to actively practice patience. Remember week one of our UMFAST, where James talked about letting patience have her perfect work? Well, here we are again. It would stand to reason that patience having her perfect work doesn’t happen quickly. It happens slowly but surely, like the rain. Just be patient. Today, give your road rage a rest and be like that old grandma just out for a leisurely drive. Resist the urge to rush through the day in a tailspin. Just breathe and BE.