"During the last 17 years . . . I have been working at the restoration of a once exhausted hillside. Its scars are now healed over, though still visible, and this year it has provided abundant pasture, more than in any year since we have owned it. But to make it as good as it is now has taken 17 years. If I had been a millionaire or if my family had been starving, it would still have taken 17 years. It can be better than it is now, but that will take longer. For it to live fully in its own responsibility, as it did before bad use ran it down, may take hundreds of years."Things take time. People take time. I take time. When I become fixated on efficiency and results, I miss so much. And in an ironic twist, I get less accomplished. But when I let myself sink into Deep Time, I value process over product, people over projects, participation over perfection. That's the thing about farming (or parenting or pastoring), the thing I'm learning - it takes a kind of waiting that is more like being (with) than anything else. Friends (Quakers) have practiced a kind of waiting that tends to enrich some and infuriate others. This waiting insists on taking time. It admits that there is a kind of knowing that takes time to grow in our hearts and in our community. It admits that there is a kind of waiting that trusts that God is doing something in us even when we can't see or feel the results right away. Even when we feel desperately confused or desperately divided. A kind of waiting that is more like being (with God) than anything else. Sometimes we call it group discernment. Sometimes we call it open worship. We might even call it a business meeting. But it's made of the same kind of stuff. A deep listening. A deep trust. Deep Time.
7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. (James 5:7)Try more related Blog Post from Brad :) Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy Everyone is Just Waiting