One of the gospels tell us that The Kingdom of God can be compared to what happens when a man scatters seed on the ground. A plant grows, eventually yielding ripe grain. Then, we’re told “As soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because harvest has come.”
The time it takes for a seed to become a fruit-bearing tree or plant can be long. Once the fruit appears, however, it’s harvested right away. Life in general acts similarly.
Much of what God has taught me on the spiritual journey has taken years to learn. He’s very patient in that way. When the lesson is complete, God’s pace quickens considerably. Before long, some situation comes up in my own life or someone else’s, requiring me to engage that very understanding … not in words, but in compassion and acceptance.
The Kingdom Of God is about producing fruit in individuals. Scripture gives us the names of the crops: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self control. People everywhere are starving for just those things, so no matter how long it takes for the crop to grow, harvest time comes quickly … just as soon as the crop is ready.