Today we are going to talk about patience and waiting. You cannot force something to happen. There is a natural, perhaps even “preordained” period of time growth requires. When you plant a tomato seed in your garden in June, you don’t expect to pick tomatoes until August. If your neighbor saw you going into the garden the week after you planted the seed and complaining, even doubting your ability as a gardener, because there were no red tomatoes for your salad, they would think you were crazy. Well darlings, life is like that. Matthew 13:33 says “God’s kingdom is like yeast that a woman works into the dough for dozens of loaves of barley bread – and waits while the dough rises.” Did you get the part that says “AND WAITS WHILE” And waits while – now when I picture a woman making bread and “waiting while” I don’t see her sitting down in front of the bowl and watching idly while the dough does its fermenting thing. No. That woman moves onto more tasks. She’s cleaning the kitchen. She’s taking care of the children. She’s making business calls. She’s doing all those things necessary to move life forward. But what is happening while she occupies “waiting while”? The bread rises. In your garden, the tomato ripens “while”. So what about life? Is it realistic to think your dreams and goals will happen immediately? I’ll let you answer. What can you do when you are “waiting while”? Are you willing to wait? Or do you think for some reason your bread should rise instantaneously? Do you expect your tomato seed to appear in your salad the next day, lush with juicy flavor? Are you willing to water the plant and feed it and busily “wait while”?