On Strength And Patience – Josh Journal
Strength is what is required to sow, for example. It is a back-breaking task.
First, you clear the ground, make the ridges, then plant the seed.
There is still a lot of watering, fertilizing, and weeding to do in between planting and harvesting, and all of that would require strength.
Just as important in between that time, is patience.
The seeds don’t start sprouting the day after you planted them. They will take their time. And you can do nothing about it, but wait.
If you lack patience and start digging the soil every day to check on your seed and confirm its progress, your plant will never grow.
And if your intention is to hasten the growth process, and you have a lot of strength, but lack patience, you might make a big mistake.
Because you have the strength to burn, you spend all of your waking hours watering and applying fertilizer on your plant, you will kill them. You will suffocate them with the same thing that is supposed to help them.
Ever heard of too much of a good thing? This is a classic case of that.
But if you decide to be too patient, to patiently allow the weeds to grow with the plants, to patiently wait for the rain rather than water your plant, your patience will kill your plants.
As a matter of fact, you have long crossed the line from patience to negligence.
Strength and patience have their respective places in your daily pursuit. It is your duty to know where and when to apply them.
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” – Proverbs 24:10 KJV
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV
As much as you would like to pray for more of each, you also need to develop your capacity for them.