This past Sunday, we were lead in worship to the song “Seasons” by Hillsong. By the end, I was left in tears. It was one of those songs that speaks directly to the heart, no matter the particular season you’re in. It cut me to the bone. There were a couple of lines in particular I felt everyone needed to read:
Oh how nature acquaints us
with the nature of patience.
^^THIS ONE. Am I right? Nature teaches us the ebbs and flows of life, if we take the time to sit and be still in it and learn from the subtle change that occurs. We learn about cycles of the moons, cycles of water, photosynthesis and everything in between. Only to be reminded that it takes YEARS sometimes for even one fruit tree to produce the fruit we desire to see. YEARS people. Nature points us directly to the idea of process. Nature never looks at itself years later only to be disappointed with the growth or lack there-of. It looks at the avocado tree and is completely satisfied.
There is another line, that really struck me:
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting.
WHOA! – I mean, can we get an amen from the people out there?! The harvest is SOOO worth the patience. For the sake of rushing the process, we rush the result, and usually end up with a result of far less value to us than if we would have allowed the process to work fully. Have you ever eaten something from the vine, only to realize it was ripened yet? It may be sour, or mushy, or simply taste disgusting, or maybe even give you a stomach ache at a later time. This is what happens when we RUSH the harvest. We can’t force growth. We can’t force the harvest before it’s ready, or it will make us sick. So if God is not done working, why would we be done waiting?
When we get done waiting, we don’t usually become simply “done” with one thing that we’re tired of waiting on. What do we do? We jump to the next thing. We think the next thing will come quicker, or easier. Instead what we find is more waiting, and more devastation when not bestowed exactly what we want. So what do we do? We jump, we move, we leave, simply to avoid the discomfort of the waiting.
I wonder what life would look like if we leaned into the process? I wonder how much quicker life really would move if we learned how to really lean into the discomfort of each season as it arises rather than turning from it?
If you or someone you know is in a season of waiting, and having difficulty navigating the waters alone, please get in touch. We would love to be able to serve you with maybe some counseling for the time of adjustment, or maybe even by way of private yoga to be able to help you engage body and mind to be more in tune with the learning.
Don’t hesitate, make a step today. We are here to support you in all of life’s ups and downs!