It surprised me how long it took. Not too long ago, we had cement poured to extend our driveway. The first day the crew put the forms together to create the boundary for the cement. The following morning, a cement truck pulled up and began pouring the cement into the designated areas. Just a short while later, the cement was poured and the truck was gone. I thought the rest of the crew would be leaving soon, and we would just have to wait for the cement to dry.
Boy, was I wrong. The next 6 to 8 hours the workers used tools to continue to level off the cement as it dried to ensure it settled properly. Occasionally they would hose it down with water to keep it moist and continue to use the levels to make sure the surface was smooth. It was a tedious job. A long tedious job.
This process and the unexpected time it took after the cement was poured reminded me about my spiritual journey. I’m often surprised at the time and effort that’s required to continue to walk with Jesus after my initial decision to do so. I unknowingly expect things to go more quickly, with less resistance, or to come more easily (like being patient or kind) because I’m already a child of God.
Galatians 6:9 reminds us, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” God has given us the Holy Spirit to equip us in our faith walk. However, we will encounter hard things and trying people. Events will come into our lives that don’t make sense and will cause us to wonder at times if it’s all worth it.
What a great reminder from God’s Word that we are not to grow tired and get worn out from the “good” that God calls us to. So keep that long process of drying cement in mind, and even though the cement eventually did get hard, don’t let your heart become hardened or weary. Don’t give up!
by Tamara Collins
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Lord, thank you that you have a purpose for all you do in my life. Please give me strength to follow your plans. I am trusting you for that awesome harvest!