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“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” (Psalm 5:3)

I heard the cry go up, “There’s a crocus blooming in the yard,” and once more I was reminded that it has been a really tough winter.  We’ve been watching for the first signs of relief.  I laughed when I saw the tiny fly perched on the petal and thought it looked almost as though she, too, had been waiting and watching for the crocus to open and trumpet the good news.  Our hope is on the way!

In this “click-a-button,” “instant-gratification” sort of culture, it’s difficult for us to “plead our case” and “watch,” as the Psalmist says.  Let’s face it, most of us are far more accustomed to hitting the button and picking up the candy bar after it hits the bottom of the vending machine than we are to planting a seed, patiently watching it grow, and harvesting the crop.  Sometimes it almost seems as though patience went out of style with bell-bottomed pants.

Yet God is with us not simply in the answer but in the asking.  God is with us in the watching as well as the outcome.  God has things for us to learn and ways for us to grow even in the watching.  Patience is important, even when times are tough.  Patience helps us be more open to God’s gifts of insight, reflection, wonder, and love.  I pray that God will continue to help me patiently watch.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on March 17, 2010.

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