“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
I have a little life.
Sometimes I wonder why I do what I do. It’s often difficult to see good things growing after years of sowing. Seeds are pretty small things.
In Galatians 8:9, Paul writes: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Ahh, there’s the rub. It is so incredibly easy to give up when the ground has frost and the seeds are hidden. When all the seeds sown with effort and watered with tears are still asleep in the soil.
The author of Psalm 126:5-6 sings: “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” This is the hope of harvest, promised to us by the Lord in Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Never.
A little life, even a little hidden life, IS life. Jesus does a lot with a little life yielded to Him. Some of His best miracles are done with a little life, a little fish, a little bread, a little child, a little faith, a little hope, a little courage, a little love.
Jesus said “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Perhaps all of this waiting for harvest is God’s way of getting our eyes off of ourselves and our circumstances, and onto Him Who makes all things grow.
“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
Wow. We’re not just planting and watering, we are the field, too, and even the green house! God’s workers. God’s field. God’s building. God’s little seed, growing up in us – mere clay pots – to reap a harvest of salvation.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
Only God knows what He has buried deep within us, silently waiting to sprout, multiply, and harvest at the proper time if we do not give up.
Scriptures are from NIV, NLT, NKJV.