James 5:7-8 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.  You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.”
As I read on these verses and reflect what I have learned from living in a country town, four things jump out at me.
1. James tell us to be patient as we wait for the Lord’s return. He likens it to farmers waiting for the crops to grow. They can’t make it happen any faster. They just patiently wait.
2. While farmers are patient waiting for the crops to grow, they are busy with other things too like caring for sheep, fencing, or servicing vehicles. Even in summer they are preparing for seeding.
3. Like the farmer to plants see and then hopes to have a good harvest, we as Christians look forward in hope and faith that we will be rewarded when Jesus returns for us.
4. Jesus will return at the appointed time. We can\’t make it come sooner. However, that time is sooner than it was yesterday!
Lesson: Wait patiently for Jesus, but work diligently in the meantime.