See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43.19 NIV)
I finally did it. I planted pea seeds in February. And, yes, I did feel a little proud of myself.
And then I started looking for the plants. You know, just a quick walk-by every now and then. Okay, I’ll admit, it was every day! Did you know that it takes pea seeds 21-30 days to germinate? In optimal conditions. That’s three weeks, at the very least! Did you notice that I had to use bold, italicized, underlined writing to emphasize the amount of time that is? And an exclamation point!
I became a bit impatient. My faith wavered.
I did something that a gardener should not do. I’m a novice.
I dug in the first row to see if anything was really happening under there in the dark. Granted, I did have real reason to suspect that those seeds were just rotting, but the smart thing would have been to just let time tell.
And now there’s this blog. A new thing. I’m hopeful that the seeds planted here will grow into a community of women who are sharing our lives and faith together in real, meaningful ways. I hope we can laugh together, be encouraged, challenge one another, and hear each other’s stories with compassion and grace.
Will it grow into the plant I imagine? Or will it be something else altogether? Only time will tell. And I’ll leave the bulk of the tending to the Master Gardener.
How do you hold onto hope when you can’t see the growth you’re longing for? Please share in the comments section!
with love, Anita