The Cauliflowers

Sunday, October 10, 2021
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James 5:7-8 – Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. (NIV)

Our gardens did amazingly well this year. The cauliflowers, however, were just not producing. Their leaves were truly gigantic but there was no fruit. The celery was harvested, and then, the broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, corn, and cabbage all followed. But no cauliflowers. We read up on cauliflowers online and came to the conclusion that we must have put too much nitrogen in the soil, which can cause an abundance of huge leaves but no heads.

Thus, we began to discuss pulling them all out and feeding them to the livestock. When my brother called from Mexico, however, I told him about the problem, and his advice was to wait. "Cauliflowers are always last," he said, "but they will come." Hmmm, we thought. We hope that he knows what he's talking about.

So, we waited … and waited. Then one day, we saw the beginnings of tiny, white heads amidst those gigantic leaves. Still, we never thought that they would mature quickly enough for us to harvest them before the frost. But we continued to have hope, and we waited. And lo and behold, almost overnight, they were huge and ready to be picked, with enough to blanche and freeze for the whole winter.

My brother's wisdom and our patience paid off, big-time.

Likewise, in regard to the coming again of Jesus, we, too, must be patient. Indeed, it has been a long time, according to human standards, but not according to God's standards:

2 Peter 3:8-9 – But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)

In light of this truth, let us not get caught up in doubts and loss of patience and faith due to the horrors of war, disease, drought, addictions, and fast-fading morality worldwide. These and similar events may make us wonder why God is apparently not doing anything to intervene amidst so much suffering. The Scriptures make it very clear that God is always at work on our behalf, even when we cannot see or understand it. One day, on the right day, the exact day, He will come again, and when He does, we will discover that our patience has paid off, big-time.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, encourage Your people to trust and be patient amidst our waiting for the coming of Jesus. Your time is not our time. But we are fragile and easily discouraged, especially amidst the suffering that we see worldwide. But You do not delay because You are slow, but because You are patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. As we wait, help us to focus on this truth and to spend more time in prayer for those not yet saved. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very encouraging post as we often forget, thanks and blessings, Lynne!

    Thank you, Lynne for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    May message be received and understanding multiplied for God’ harvest! Blessings.

    Thank you, Lynne. Some days, I want Him to come immediately but He has plans I know nothing about.

    Amen, amen, amen. Thank you, Lynne. We are to be joyfully anticipating the Lord’s return, at the same time continuing on in our walk with Him and all that that encompasses.

    Hello Lynne:
    Just want you to know I so enjoyed your devotion today. It is motivating me to be more diligent in working to be patient.

    What a wonderful lesson for our day of celebrating God for all He has given to us – for remembering not only to be grateful but to say thank you and to show our gratitude in as many ways as possible. Bless you Lynne for your perfect example of waiting.

    Thanks Lynne, so nice to hear you had a bountiful garden. I did really like your devotional.
    Happy Thanksgiving, may you and your family enjoy this time together.

    Thank you, Lynne, for helping us to be more patient. We have learned something about cauliflowers, too. (We had to wait till the bottom to discover who wrote this devotion as we did not guess it was you, this time!)

    Dear Lynne,
    What an inspiring and encouraging devotional you have given us today! Being patient certainly can produce stunning results as proven in the harvest of your cauliflower plants. You have so well brought to light how important it is for us to have the patience to “wait upon” the provisions our Lord has in store for us. Blessings for the special writings you create by relating words of scripture with activities in our daily life.

    Good morning, Lynne,
    What a great message with such a good story to go with it. Hard to believe that everything else would be harvested and cauliflowers would just be beginning to deliver its fruit. We do need to be patient and trust in the Lord which can be difficult at times. We can think about these cauliflowers at times of impatience. Great story, great message. Wishing you a wonderful thanksgiving full of good food that you have grown. Blessings and patience.

    Our days have changed so much these past few years. My husband reminds me often, we now view the world through softer hearts and older eyes. Things which seemed so easy to dismiss, ignore, get over, just are getting harder to do. The return of our Saviour, oh the increase in the longing, makes my heart yearn. I have never been gifted with patience, today Lord would be a good day. Yet, He desires, like your post said, that no one should perish but come to the saving knowledge of Christ. We want that too!
    Your posts many a time have been dead on for my spiritual need at the time, thank you!

    Perfect, Lynne. No reader will ever forget it.

    Very well said.


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