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The Unhurried Savior

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“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15

oak tree 2If there is one lesson that stands out in life it is that good things take time to come to fruition. Nothing worthy ever happens quickly.

Years ago as a young and eager aspiring preacher, I remember hearing an older sage of God say, “When God wants to make a squash, He takes six months. When He wants to make an Oak tree, He takes twenty years. Which do you want to be?”

I’ve been around long enough now to have seen for myself the truth of his words. I’ve seen young upstarts come and go, like fireworks on the Fourth of July. A big bang, a pretty splash, lots of ooohs and aaahs — and then nothing. Nothing but the same dark sky that was there before they popped.

And then there are the others; those bright-light souls that are not really noticed by most people at all, simply because they are always there like the sun in the daytime or the moon and stars at night. Just there, doing what God ordained them to do — shining.

I’ll take steady over quick every time. I’ll take shine over flash as well. God give me grace to bring forth fruit with patience. Prove that I’m built for the long haul!

Remember the children’s song?

“He’s still workin’ on me to make me what I oughta be. It took Him a week to make the sun and the stars; Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Mars. How lovin’ and patient He must be! ‘Cause He’s still working on me!!”

Jesus is the unhurried Savior. He’s working on a truly great masterpiece that will be displayed in glory. That masterpiece is YOU.

For your part then, be an unhurried soul; keep an honest and good heart into which you may hear His word and treasure it; and then bring forth fruit with patience all the days of your life.

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  1. Janice Wilbanks
    April 17th, 2014 at 09:05 | #1

    James, this one brought tears to my eyes, as I see, and reflect, on what you’ve said today. How true, so very true, regarding some “new” ones with so much zeal, but lack wisdom and understanding for the road ahead. They trip and fall, and sometimes do not get back up, but consider it such “pain” that it is not worth the journey. But some of us do know that His Grace is truly sufficient, so we get up, dust off, and keep on “truckin” desiring to be over-comers, and KNOWING that the reward at the end of the road is sooooo worth the travel. Thank you for your Rylisms. Janice

  2. Janice Wilbanks
    April 17th, 2014 at 09:08 | #2

    Thank you. I don’t know how I got off in the first place. I’ve been reading them on Facebook, but just saw I could join again on my email. That way I can share with friends who are not on Facebook.

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