Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. – James 5.7-10
It is impossible for me to read a text like this and not be struck by our worship of technological toys. If Christ was born in the fullness of time then I believe the scriptures were also breathed in a fullness of time. So I further believe the imagery and examples found on those pages reflect ideals that hold a constancy foreign to our downloadable, 4G days. We do have a frail familiarity with the farmer and the rains. But it is frail. No, I’m not a Luddite. And no, I don’t feel everyone should move to the country. But I do believe we must live stout-hearted in our waiting…we must be patient.