My Dad sends me parts of the Sunday newspaper, magazines, DVDs and sweet to keep me in touch with home. One of the newspaper snippets caught my eye this weekend – Exploding Watermelons. It seems that overuse of growth accelerants combined with weather conditions fields of Watermelons are exploding one melon at a time. The farmers are perplexed – is it the seeds, the accelerant or the weather – some farmers who haven’t used the chemicals are also experiencing explosions.
It reminded me of how impatient we can be – needed everything to be done quickly and preferably with a short cut. Ionce remember asking my babysitter when she took me to the pool when I was little what talcum powder was for. When she told me it was to help us dry quicker so I obviously I dumped half a bottle of talc in my hair, causing a big mess. I thought it was a obvious way to speed things up, but instead it just messed thing up. Patience is a quality that few of us possess – especially me. My mum used to recite this little poem to me:
Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can. Seldom in a woman, never in a man.
Patience is counter culture and unnatural to us. But for some things there is no short cut.
This culture is on an extraordinary pace toward needing things to be more efficient. But that is a value that is ultimately antithetical to the gospel. I’ve never heard of efficient wisdom, efficient love, efficient suffering or efficient compassion. Shane Hipps
If we try to put our lives in fast forward and try to grow and progress at a faster pace than God intended for us we are in danger of exploding like the Watermelons, or of burning out, or giving up as it is too hard. Patience is more than a virtue; it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Are you in danger of imploding due to a fast forward life – try a little patience with others, but especially yourself. Lord, let me bear the fruit of patience, especially with myself.