So be patient brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient for it until it receives the early and late rain? You also be patient. Strengthen your hearts because the coming of the Lord is near. (TLV) James 5:7-8
Nosh: For the farmer, proper ground preparation and seed sowing is only one component of a successful harvest and the only component over which he has control. The farmer believes the rains will come but does not know exactly when or even if they will come. Waiting on the rains to come that will transform his efforts from seedling to harvest requires both faith and patience. In the same way, when we pray and then act in faith, believing God for a return only God can deliver, patience and persistence is also required. I try to remind and encourage myself that faith and patience does not come to naturally but are skills acquired and honed through practice.