As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
(Luke 8:15 ESV)
In our fast paced life, the lack of patience is common. We expect things to happen fast, and we get frustrated when things take awhile to happen.
Remember when the internet first started? It would take multiple minutes to even go online. The screeching sound of the modem connecting to the network provided enough time to go pour a cup of coffee and then, maybe, the connection would be made. We expected it to take a long time and we were patient. Now, if our connectivity is longer than a few seconds, we become highly agitated.
The fact is, simply, that sometimes things require time. A tree does not grow in a day. A butterfly does not emerge from the chrysalis in a matter of hours.
Growing in our faith walk with the Lord is something that requires time. We are to be patient with the process of becoming transformed into the image of God. Good fruit takes time to grow, but when it is ripe the taste is delicious and satisfying.
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.”
- Francis de Sales