And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
A seemingly apocalyptic snowstorm is paralyzing the city.
A patient tries to wait patiently for a complicated life-saving surgery. The surgeon scheduled to operate has no way to get there as the snow piles up. The surgeon calls to inform the staff and asks if another surgeon is available. The staff informs him that no one else is available. Sadly the other surgeons are in the same predicament. The only person there is the UPS delivery driver who is stranded at the hospital.
The surgeon hesitates and asks to speak to the delivery man. He tells him he will describe the surgery over the phone. The driver agrees and the surgery is successful!
Too incredible to believe? Absolutely!
Why? Because the delivery man cannot jump from point A to point Z. He has no medical training.
We often do that very thing when it comes to understanding God. We expect to ask a well educated, highly experienced pastor or teacher to give a short answer to a complicated question and we will walk away with a full, deep understanding.
Learning about God however takes a long time - indeed a lifetime is not enough.
The good news is that we can PROGRESS! We can know more about, and understand more deeply, about God next year than we know now.
As in the case of the UPS delivery driver, we cannot jump from point A to point Z. We must steadily progress day by day, month by month year by year.
It can be difficult in this instant gratification culture we live in.
But never give up! The fruits of you labor will bear fruit eventually. Perhaps not as fast as we would like - but IT WILL COME!