Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hope for the Discouraged Heart

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we {do not lose heart.} Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Looking at nature is a great way of understanding the words of the Bible. In this instant world, I am often turning my eyes to the ancient process of sowing and reaping. 
A few weeks ago we were given some seeds at our MOPS meeting and I reluctantly took mine. I don't have a green thumb but I promised myself I'd do my best. 
I figured I needed to water the seeds I sowed and give it plenty air and sunlight. 
Some seeds take their time growing but they do grow.
The basil has grown much quicker than the mint as you can tell. I actually need to transplant it to a larger pot because the thing is so fertile. My beloved mint tough, it's taking its time. I've seen grown mint plants in action and I long to see the day one can smell mint when coming to our yard. This day is not today because those leaves are so tiny but they are there. 
Some areas in my life are like the Basil seeds: a little bit of water and some decent sunlight does the trick. I get growth so easily, it's motivating. Many other areas are just like the Mind seeds: I often wonder if I'll ever get any results. When I am faced with this kind of discouragement, it's important to keep reading my Bible (so my spirit can be encouraged by those timeless, powerful words of life), keep praying (I feel an immense release when I pray and cast my cares on God who cares for me) and keep believing the process. 
Galatians 6:7 tells us that God cannot be fooled because whatever a man (or woman) sows he or she will reap. He said that as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest (Genesis 8:22) which further assures me that I will reap my harvest. As I turn my eyes away from my neighbor's gardens (this is actually a true story for another day. Check out this post tough) we look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), the author and finisher of our faith. 
My friend, if you (like me) are dealing with discouragement, remember to read, pray and believe God's process. Your harvest is coming. 
PRAYER: God of the harvest, please help me to keep believing your eternal plans and processes for my life. I thank you in advance for my harvest. In Jesus' name, amen.

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