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 need for more patience is common. We expect things to happen fast and we get frustrated when things take a while.
Remember when the internet first started? It would take multiple minutes even to go online. The screeching sound of the modem connecting to the network provided enough time to pour a cup of coffee before the connection could be made. We expected it to take a long time, and we were patient. Today, we become highly agitated if our connectivity takes longer than a few seconds.
The fact is 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.
Similarly, growing in our faith walk with the Lord is something that requires time. We must be patient with the process of becoming transformed into the image of God. Good fruit takes time to grow, but the taste is delicious and satisfying when it is ripe.
“Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.” – E.M. Bounds