You have to love Summer. Beautiful balmy days, sunshine and beaches, lazy days and time to relax. And then there’s the food – barbeques, Frappuccino and gelato, not to mention the beautiful summer fruits. Succulent nectarines and apricots, juicy peaches and berries – strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries! And grapes. I can’t forget the grapes. Absolutely love them! At this time of year, the vines are laden with them.
There’s one grapevine in particular that I keep a close eye on. At my parents house my Father has lovingly planted and nurtured one. Gorgeous, mouth-watering, deep velvet coloured grapes. So over this time of year my visits to my parents tend to increase in frequency as I scout out how the grapes are ripening. And then inevitably I can wait no longer and I succumb and reach for a grape, not yet ripe, but almost….!
I should have learnt my lesson by now. A still partly green grape is sour and hard, and not juicy and definitely not as delicious as the perfectly ready and ripe ones are! Sure enough too in time the grapes ripen perfectly and I get to enjoy them.
Fruit out of season does not taste good! Even if its’ potential is good it is still unpleasant. It’s worth waiting just a little longer for that perfectly ripe fruit. Same with life – whatever you’re waiting for, God’s timing is perfect and worth hanging out for. Whether it’s a spouse, a new job, ministry, a new opportunity, know that God has it all under control!
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)