And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
I planted the tomato plants, and watered them. I went back, day after day, for over a week. At the end of that week, on my sixth birthday, I went to my grandmother, in whose garden the plants were planted. I asked her why the tomato plants had not grown tomatoes. My grandmother explained that tomatoes, like children, take time to grow, and that I should be patient. I waited all summer, as blossoms turned to tiny green tomatoes that grew and grew. Finally, one day in late June, there was a tomato that was ripe enough to pick. As I enjoyed that tomato with some salt and pepper, I realized that good things truly come to those who wait.
Dear Lord, thanks for reminding us that it takes time for all good things to grow. Amen.