"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
Have you ever heard the miracle story about bamboo? Even if you're not a plant lover, it's one of those stories that you never forget.
Bamboo includes some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It requires water, fertile soil, and sunlight (like most plants), but it takes about three years to lay its foundation.
Once established, bamboo produces canes that shoot out of the ground and grow to amazing heights within 60 days. Certain types of bamboo can miraculously grow an average of thirty-six inches within 24 hours and over 80 feet in just six weeks.
But here's the catch. For bamboo to get to that period of fast growth, it requires years of nurturing and cultivating—even with no sign that the planted seeds are working.
That's exactly how God works in our lives. He gave us His seed, the Word of God, and wants us to water it by reading, meditating, and applying it to our lives.
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18
Like bamboo, there are times when we don't see changes taking place in our lives, but that doesn't mean things aren't happening. Sometimes we get distracted by what we don't see and fail to notice where God is already at work in our lives.
God doesn't take vacations or sleep. He's always at work.
Has anyone ever told you about something you've never heard of before, and then you start seeing it everywhere? It was always there, you just weren't paying attention to it.
The more you water the Word of God and become aware of His nature, the more you'll begin to see Him at work in the things around you.
A mentor once told me, "There's a season to plant and a season to harvest, but you can't plant your seed and reap the harvest in the same season." Lasting change in any area of life is never quick.
It takes time and a lot of pressure to turn a diamond into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Learn to embrace the process.
I'm the first one to admit that waiting can be stressful at times. But waiting seasons are where refining happens. They're where good things become great things.
Keep nurturing and watering the seed that God has given you. Prepare yourself because your harvest season is coming.
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14
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**This post was originally created on August 7, 2018 and updated on February 2, 2021