One of the draw backs of living in South Africa is not always being able to find foods that I was found of growing up. In this last two weeks I have been on a bit of a Rhubarb binge – it is not often found in the shops here and when it appears, however briefly, I overdose on it. Rhubarb crumble, rhubarb & custard, rhubarb crumble muffins, rhubarb & honey cake and best of all raw rhubarb dipped into a egg cup of sugar (bitter enough to give you shivers!). I love rhubarb but not enough to grow it myself as it takes up to two years before you can start harvesting and fruit from the crown. Those who have been diligent in reading my ramblings will know I’m more of the instant type of gardener – to think of waiting for two years before having a crop is like torture.
I’m actually at bit inpatient in most areas of my life – I want results fast. If I go on a diet I want to slinky by next Friday, if I pray for someone I want instant changes in their situation. I was reading through a daily bible reading that I read once in a while and my need for instant results was challenged.
Hebrews 12:10-12 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
I do want a harvest of righteousness and peace in my life but I’m really not keen in the discipline part – too painful. I’m ok with short sharp pains – like pulling of a plaster but prolonged pain is really to be avoided. Yet to bear fruit and produces a harvest is not an overnight thing. In terms of hubby’s work and being down on himself I pray lots and wish the pain would end quickly – but in order for God to produce fruit in our lives I must be prepared to endure. I’m challenged to not think of God as a Jim’ll Fix It and to realise that that pain caused by submitting to God’s discipling is worth the end result.
So Father, even if my prayers are not answered this week, next month or (glup!) this year … I’m in it for the long haul, I want to produce the fruit of righteouness and peace in my life.