In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton referred to the passage in Galatians 6:9.
“You know, scripture tells us, let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart,” she said.
Waiting for that “due season” is often very difficult. Patience and waiting isn’t something any of us like to do. We want to fix it, change it, make it happen now. Not later. Not in due season.
I know many times I have been in one of those times when I was waiting for due season. For two years, my wife and I lived in Tampa, Florida. After the first month there we knew it wasn’t the right place for us. Every day I road the bus to work. It was depressing to board that bus every day. At times, I got weary hoping for the due season to come. I prayed and I did everything I could to encourage myself. I listened to songs that encouraged me. I downloaded podcasts that spoke to my situation. Some days, honestly, I wasn’t in the mood for being strong or the whole situation. At times, it looked like it was never going to end. Do you know how hard it is to do good when good isn’t happening to you?
During those times, you keep do what you can do and leave the rest to God. There are just some things that will only work on His timetable. Many days during my lunch break I would walk over to the riverwalk along the Hillsborough River and ask God how much longer was it going to be. I continued to tell Him I believed and trusted Him. I knew that there was a purpose for me being there and prayed that I would fulfill that purpose. Almost a year into the time in Tampa, my supervisor fell terribly ill for several months. I had to pick up the slack and hold things together until she returned. It was then that I realized my purpose and felt like my “due season” was approaching.
When you are waiting for that “due season” you can’t just sit down and do nothing. You have to keep doing what you know to do and keep moving forward. Sitting and doing nothing makes it worse. If you keep the right attitude and do the best you can do, it will teach you things and you will grow.
Eventually, the due season came when a job came open and we were able to move from Tampa. The time came for reaping and looking back to see how everything fell into place. You will not always know the why until you get to the reaping time and look back to see your purpose for going through the due season. Even today – two years later – I frequently look back at that time in Tampa and see what God did in that time.
Many people are unhappy right now. They are upset with the election results and afraid of the next four years. This is a due season for many people. It is important to continue doing good even when you feel that good isn’t happening in the White House. Patience is a valuable virtue to have and keep doing good while you are being patient.