Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
A good friend of mine has a grandfather who is an apple farmer. When he plants a new tree, he has to spend the next five-to-seven years irrigating, weeding, pruning, and nurturing that tree before he sees one single apple.
James is encouraging us to have that same kind of patience as we wait for the coming of the Lord, but in the meantime we should nurture those things we have been given; our family, our friendships, our ministries, and above all, our day-to day walk with the Lord. May our response be, when the Lord comes for us, not, "I'd thought You'd never get here!" but rather, "Is it already time, Lord?"
Occupying until He comes,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw