Four Kinds of Wait

DSC_0003 (2)sigWait, it is something we mostly dislike doing. Wait in line, not me. Wait for a friend, not patient. Waiting is hard for humans, ask me.

Plants wait. If you can compare a plant to a human who waits. They wait when the growing season ends. They wait a whole winter.

Waiting for plants is worthwhile. The reward in spring is blossoms, stunning breath-taking blossoms.DSC_0013_106sig

There are three kinds of wait. The interval, the delay and the expect. With wild columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, all three are over. The interval of winter, done. The delay of blooms while the plant begins a new growing season. The time of expectation is over too. Aquilegia canadensis is in bloom!DSC_0004_103sig

You might agree, it was worth it. Wild columbine is a gorgeous wildflower. It is a spring source of food for bees, hummingbirds and early butterflies. A perennial, it blooms early providing newly arrived hummingbirds with a source of nectar from the 5 lobed backwards tubes above the flower. Hummingbirds can extract the nectar with their long tongues. Its seed is black, shiny and very small. 38,000 of them make one ounce! The wild columbine is a native flower worth the wait.DSC_0034_114sig

There is a 4th kind of wait. It is a spiritual one. Isaiah 64:4 speaks of waiting, From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

Why should I wait for God? First, He is over all. He is all powerful. He is the creator of all things, you, me and the wild columbine. The other three types of wait happen with God too. When we pray there are times Gods answer is given after an interval. Then His answer may be delayed, not because God is unsure-but because He knows the future. To me the best is the “expect-wait.” Think of all that God, all knowing, all powerful, everywhere present who personally loves you can do, today and tomorrow! Wait on the Lord, anticipate amazing! With God THAT is what is to come!DSC_0005_104sig