The Kingdom of Heaven is like the Asian farmer, who went out into a field to plant many seeds. He planted one seed after another into the fertile soil.
Day after day, he would tend to his seeds, making sure that they had adequate food, water, and sunlight.
Day after day, he would carefully inspect the soil where he had planted and pull out any weeds.
He did this everyday for a year, and everyday he could see no visual growth of his crop.
He continued to care for his plants even though he could see no changes on the surface. He continued to feed and water them. He continued to pull out the weeds.
He continued this for another year, and still no visible growth.
People began to wonder about him. Still he continued tending his crop yet another year.
His friends began to doubt him. Still he continued to care for his plants.
Another year went by.
And then another year.
Soon he began to doubt himself. For five years he had cared for his crop. He wondered if the tiny seeds that he had planted would ever show any growth.
Still he weeded. Still he fed. Still he watered.
Then one day, it happened. The farmer went to care for his plants as he always did, and he had to rub his eyes at first, because he thought he was seeing things. There, coming from the ground, he could see little shoots coming up! His seeds were growing after all!
During the five years that the farmer had cared for his plants, while it looked as though they would never develop, they were busy growing, but underground. No, they weren’t lying dormant. They were working hard, putting out a thick and long-ranging root system, building themselves a firm foundation that would sustain their outward growth.
But what happened next was what was truly miraculous….
Over the course of the following six weeks, the seeds that turned to tiny plants became baby trees. Then, the baby trees turned into giant trees.
In just six weeks, the trees grew 90 feet!
They who have ears, let them hear and understand.
The farmer represents the Christ-follower. One who is hungry for God. One who thirsts for God. One who, day after day, seeks to meet with the Lord in prayer. One who allows the seed of God’s Word to go down deep into the soil of their heart so that it may take root inside of them.
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2:7 NLT
Maybe, Friend, you are in a dry season. Maybe you are growing tired of all the watering. Maybe you are becoming weary of the weeds.
Are you wondering if the seed that’s been planted is working? Are you still waiting and watching for your seed to bear fruit?
Maybe your circumstances are hindering your hope. Maybe there are those that would discourage you.
Please, don’t give up. Keep pressing in. Hold on to your faith.
Better yet: Keep holding on to The Author of your faith.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you. Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.” John 15:5-8 The Voice
When you stay connected to The Vine, He will produce in you an abundant harvest, and it’s in this way that you bring Him glory!
Dear one, get ready to dance, because your miracle is coming!
It’s only a matter of time…