My, Devotion to Him #235
Verse Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:8-9 “The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – NIV
Have you ever tried planting something? In one of the houses I grew up in we use to plant beans and jalapeños. It was great. It really did not seem like much until we would reap our reward. If you’ve ever planted you know what I am talking about. And if you’ve every attempted it inside you can tell there is a difference. You get a pot and put it by the window (because you need sun light) Fill it with soil, insert the seed, then water.You wake up and check on your new plant in hopes that you will see some type of growth. When you get to the plant you’re disappointed because there’s nothing. So you go to work. When you get home you check your plant in hopes of seeing something. But to your surprise there’s just damp soil. After a couple days you might try and reposition it. You might move it to a different window. You make sure there is enough water. You might even do some research. Many times you might feel you did something wrong. There is still the same soil there and nothing more. You haven’t even seen a hint of anything green.
You might feel like you are not the “green” person you thought you were or could be. So you continue to water but now with no hope of seeing anything new. You now focus on other things that could bring faster and better results.
One day you are in your normal routine and go to water and to your surprise there is a tiny green stem. You have a new hope. A refreshed mindset and you are now more eager than ever to see what this little plant will bring you next.
The delay in results was never because of poor soil, defective seeds, or wrong positioning. The problem was the impatience and the expectations that all development would be taking place rapidly and above ground in full view.
You might have found that you were mistaken in “farming” but never less overjoyed now. We can have the same joyous feeling because God is a farmer and you are His seed. He’s in it for the long haul. His patience is unmatched. In you, He alone can see the growth that is taking place that is other wise unseen by others. For now.
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