“They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”
Fall bulbs are showing up in the stores. There are online catalogs aplenty.
With fall weather comes fall planting season.
Fall planting is fun – but not nearly as exciting as spring planting. In the spring, it only takes a matter of days to see newly settled in baby plants perk up and stretch for the sun. In the fall, the gardener knows very well she won’t see any progress for up to eight months in this area.
Yes, you read that right. Eight months.
When you plant a tulip bulb, for example, you wait for cool weather to set in. You intend for that bulb to go dormant and stay asleep, a garden hibernation if you will, until conditions warrant a grand reawakening in early May.
That’s a loooooooong time to wait to see a flower.
And there’s a lesson in there for us.
Some learnings take time. They have to simmer on the back burner. They need to be processed deeply. Chewed on with a contemplative mind. Applied diligently with no visible progress before they can take root, grow, and bloom.
When doing major overhauls to old habits, and trying to instill new ones, you may not see progress for months. Even years. It is in this phase, when we are doing all the right things, reading our Guide Book diligently, spending time in prayer, and yet it feels as if we are getting nowhere, that we need to remember the lesson of the long haul.
Some of the best learnings only bloom after a time of dormancy.
Soak the process in prayer. Cry it out, like the planters in this verse in Psalms. But keep planting – one truth here, a dollop of excellence there, and a whole whack of God’s Word watered in with a heart left open to His working.
And in His time, beautiful things will take root. Develop stems. Grow leaves.
It takes time to build a garden full of beautiful blooms. It doesn’t just happen. It requires work, dedication, research.
So too, it requires something of us to build a life.
Keep planting good things in your life with me?
Father, we love instant results. Remind us that the deepest, most powerful learnings lie in the deepest parts of our hearts, and take the most time and dedication to flourish and produce a harvest. Give us a good dash of persistence as we pray over these areas today. Amen.