Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wait for it.....Morning Glories at Last

I watch the progress of the vines all summer as they tangle with the undergrowth of less enchanting weeds in front of the barn. When it's hot, they grow. When it's too hot to live, they grow. In the dry, they grow, and when the rains keep coming, they thrive. It's clear that the vines will survive anything short of fire or the lines of a weed eater. 
I read that morning glories are sometimes considered "noxious weeds," but not so my morning glories. Most varieties are annual, but mine re-seed themselves and come back every year. I used try to assure their return by buying the seeds in colorful little seed packs. Not so any more. 
I just watch and wait. And wait. 
Even while I see evidence of other morning glories in bloom, not mine. Their cousins can bloom as early as May. Not so mine...I wait.
Just when I have decided that "This year may be the year they do not bloom," I step out to feed Tully the cat, and there they are! Not yet in abundance. Having to fight for space with the overgrowth. Still, they are there, their little blue and lavender heads finding the sun they so love.
Morning glories are my second-favorite flowers (right behind Queen Anne's Lace).  While another favorite, honeysuckle, Is Spring, Queen Anne's Lace Is Summer. Not so, my morning glories. They sneak in while summer is still officially here, but with no promise that it will last. In fact, they come so late, they may actually help usher in Fall. 

Patience is a virtue that, while important for a believer to have, is difficult to achieve. 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.
[Galatians 5:22-23]
Google defines the word as: "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset."
Bible Gateway defines it as: "The quality of forbearance and self-control which shows itself particularly in a willingness to wait upon God and his will."  

Not easy to do when we want what we want when we want it. At least I don't find it so. 
But we are called to have it...patience.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! [Psalm 27:14]
And the rewards are worth it!
                   The Lord is good to those who wait for him,                  to the soul who seeks him. [Lamentations 3:25]

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