I love garden fresh goodness! There’s just something about picking fruits and vegetables that I grew in my own yard at the perfect time of being ripe. But it takes time and planning. Lots and lots of time. We have to put seeds in the soil in March to have vegetables in June sometimes. But as impatient as I am, my kids are even worse!
“Why do we have to plant the seeds so early?”
“Why does it take so long?”
“How does the seed know what to do in the dark?”
“Why are we watering the dirt? We can’t see anything!”
“Why can’t we see anything!?”
I have explained that the seeds have to create a root first and then grow toward the sun with our watering. It’s a process for which I don’t always have the answers though. Sometimes I will just tell them, “That’s just how God made it.”
When we started to see some sprouts this year my nine-year-old said something profound and I was so thankful for her insight. As we were admiring the tiny green shoots emerging from the soil, she said, “Isn’t it amazing what God does in the dark when we can’t see it?”
What a sweet reminder of the seeds we plant in the hearts of others. We may not be able to see the work that God is doing, but we need to trust that God IS working.
Have you ever prayed for someone and been really frustrated with the lack of progress? Or maybe you are teaching your children the same things over and over and over again. Why is it taking so long? Is anything happening? God, if you’re working, why can’t we see it?!
I know I have asked these questions before. I have felt like my efforts were futile and prayers falling on deaf ears. But be encouraged! Their season will come!
“He will be like a tree, firmly planted by streams of water, which bears fruit in it’s own season” Psalm 1:2.
It may take longer than we want to see the fruits of our labor and prayers. The important thing to remember is to keep watering, keep praying and let the Lord do his work. While a pear tree only takes two to four years to bear fruit, a pecan tree takes more than ten.
We have to keep planting the seeds and sowing the love of God into the hearts of others! You never know what the Lord will use in the lives of those around you. Maybe it’s your response to a situation with a kind word when you could have been negative or upset; or maybe it’s how you handle the situations in your own life that make others desire to have a relationship with the Lord like you. You may even have influence over the lives of others that you see once and never see them again. We can literally be stewards to every person we see (and even some we don’t!).
Until then, be rooted in God’s word, pray, and grow toward the Son.