This is a piece of Old Gold that I had sent out awhile back before heading off a mission trip to Rwanda. I was extremely young in my faith and had no idea what to expect or how God would use me. Learning this lesson helped a ton with this trip, putting serving and planting seed in a clearer perspective. This lesson is bigger than just opportunities like that, it’s an everyday lesson we can use in any area of our life. I’m excited to share it with you and I pray it can be an encouragement to you today!
Ecclesiastes 11:5-8/ “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.”
Coming up on a mission trip in two days, my thoughts have been nothing but how can I serve these people the best, how can I bring a lot of people to Christ, how can I feel proud about what I’m doing? Those questions are just questions and in all reality, I will never know the answers. God works in such a mysterious way through the Holy Spirit and it’s not some game-plan or math problem we can figure out the answer to. All we can do is read and apply His Word, stay in strong prayer, and have faith that everything will work out according to His will which is basically sow your seed. What I tend to forget is when sowing seed and expect immediate growth. That’s like a farmer putting out seed then sitting in a lawn chair saying “okay I did my part now I better see a plant soon!” When the spirit is at work there’s no telling what is going to happen. Instead of only seeing a field yielding tons of crops, look back when that field was just a bunch of dirt, living in darkness. I used to be just dirt and I know I’m going to have a lot more days ahead of being just dirt no matter how much I want stuff to grow. If we are going to expect all the seeds we plant to grow we are going to be so disappointed because it’s up to God to allow the harvest. All we can do on our end is plant, rejoicing His name in the dirt and in the harvest. Don’t expect things of yourselves whether you are in the mission field, in the church, or just in your everyday life because we will never be satisfied in what we can produce. Continue having all your faith in what God produces, even when the field looks like just dirt, God is working through it with the power of the Holy Spirit for the most random and biggest harvest you’ve ever seen, and for the glory of His Kingdom.