God has a plan for all of us. It is a plan with a hope, a future and an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We need to have faith in His plan for us. We need to know that when we follow it, it will cause us to experience all that He has created for us and bring about the best possible outcome.
However, we can get too focused on the outcome of God’s plan for us. This will cause us to miss the importance of the process. We sometimes think we need to get to the end as quickly as possible while bypassing everything else on the way.
Desiring an instant result will make us impatient and impatience causes us to abandon the plan early.
Think of the process an apple tree goes through in order to become a mature, fruit-bearing tree. It starts off as a seed, grows into a sapling, and only after years of the roots growing deep and the branches growing strong, does it bear healthy fruit.
Like an apple tree, it is in the process that we become strong. Following God’s plan day-by-day makes us more like Christ. We have to commit to this process otherwise, we may never see the fulfillment of God’s plan for our lives.
Impatience makes us grow weary, though. We think to ourselves, “If it was going to happen, it certainly would have happened by now”. This kind of thinking is born out of fear. We’re afraid that God’s plan just won’t happen. We fear that He’s not working in our lives, or that He has forgotten about us. This fear makes us impatient.
If an apple tree tried to bear fruit in the first year of growth, the weight of the apples would break the small trunk of the immature tree. It has to be fully grown in order to handle the weight of the fruit it’s destined to bear.
We must also be mature in order to step into the fullness of God’s plan.
“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” Galatians 6:9
When we put our trust in God’s word and learn to keep our eyes on the path that He has laid out before us, we can stand strong against discouragement and fatigue.
Psalm 1 describes the kind of person who has faith in the Word of God: “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do,” (Psalm 1:2-3).
When we believe in the truth and power of God’s Word, we are like trees planted by riverbanks. We have a constant source. This is what makes us strong and prepares us to fulfill God’s plan for us.