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A Journey With P

Updated: Jun 13, 2021

By Andy Cook

When I was first offered the opportunity to write an infinite moment the word that came to me for the focus was Patience. Since then lots of other words have followed and hence the title.

The photo shows a plant in flower. Not flowers that you would want to cut and put in a vase, not showy or big, perhaps they might even go un-noticed. They are, however, Part of God’s great Provision in the Perfection of His creation. The ladybird, as well as Providing scale, is also Part of that Provision as it feeds on the aphids that might otherwise take away from the Plant's ability to Produce a good crop. The crop doesn’t come straight away. In fact, it is now over six weeks since the Photo was taken and it will be a few more weeks yet before the fruit is ready for harvest.

In the meantime, netting will need to be Put in Place to Provide Protection from the birds as the fruit gets nearer to being ripe. The Photo was taken around breakfast time, a quite Peaceful time in the garden. A good time for reflection, Praise and Prayer.

To return to Patience, it is as we wait Patiently on God as we Pray in faith that we will see His Power at work in the answers He Provides. Over the summer, as the days are longer, try to find space in a garden or a park to marvel and Pray. As you Prepare to do so Perhaps write out one of the following verses to take with you and inspire you.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

James 5:7-8

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

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