The People of the Not Yet

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭

This is my garden today.

It’s not exactly – er, ‘garden-y’. No peas and carrots. No corn or squash. No flowers.

Not one single green thing to be seen anywhere, in fact.

Nada.

But it’s there, all right.

Beneath all that snow and ice lies the potential for immense beauty and delight. The earth, frozen solid, awaits only a shift in temperature to begin doing what it does best – coaxing plants to life. It’s a guaranteed reality.

It’s going to be stunning.

It’s going to be spectacular.

The peas will pea, the beans will bean, the corn will pop up (sorry, couldn’t resist), the garlic will multiply, and the roses and lilies will bring smiles to the lips of all who lay eyes on their beauty.

But – not yet.

I have to wait.

So – what to do while waiting, except to curse the snow and rail at the ice and scream at the intervening hours?

Ah, but there’s lots to do while I wait.

I’m checking online for new plant varieties coming out so I become familiar with their characteristics. I’m pinning inspirations to my Pinterest boards for future garden art projects. I’m starting seeds in my garden room. I’m ordering materials from online companies. I’m checking over my stores of supplies to see what’s needed and what’s available.

I’m going to make wise use of my down time, because spring is on its way, and I want to be ready.

And you know what??

Heaven is on its way, too! And there are things prepared for us that are so far beyond our imaginations that Paul was inspired to write this lovely passage to encourage his friends as they struggled with their harsh circumstances.

It’s enough to make you gnash yourself teeth when the days get rough.

But –

No use crying about the harsh conditions down here. Not much point in shutting down and losing focus. Nothing to be gained in wasting the hours I have left in complaining, or selfish pursuits, or feeding into my failures.

There’s lots to be done!

Research into how to best conduct myself to please God. Practice in growing skills like patience and forgiveness and consideration of others. Preparing materials like donations to good causes or promoting justice through how I choose to spend my resources.

Lord knows I need a lot of practice…

We are the people of the Not Yet. We live life in a limbo of sorts – we sense intuitively that we don’t belong here to the death and decay; we sense that this winter is only a season, that there must be better under the snow. But our race, this marathon of the mundane, stretches out before us and fools us into thinking this is all there is.

Ah, friend.

You’re just in the Not Yet. You’re in that tricky season between deep freeze cold and the glorious thaw. You feel stuck.

But spring is coming.

Learn to wait well with me?

Father, there is amazing glory ahead for those who seek You! Remind us of that as we wait for Your rewards and learn to navigate the not yet wisely and responsibly. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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