Hello dear friend.
I love gardening, but it’s a process that requires a certain amount of time and patience. If I properly prepare my garden soil in the spring and plant seeds, then I know I’ve done my part for the seeds to grow and produce the best fall harvest possible. With the correct balance of soil, light, water, fertilizer, and weeding, Dave and I enjoy the wonderful blessings of God’s bounty!
However, lately I’ve been reflecting on how there’s always a gap between planting the seeds and actually tasting those ripe, sweet tomatoes. And I’ve found that this process in nature is the same when applied to God’s spiritual principle of Seedtime and Harvest. Yes, there’s always a gap in our gardening. Let me explain…
TRUST HIS UNFAILING LOVE
Let me ask you a hard question: Have you ever gotten tired of waiting on God for your Harvest? You’ve sown your seed, given it a “specific assignment,” watered it with your prayers, believed for it, and now you’re just plain weary of waiting. If this is where you are right now, be encouraged!
When the psalmist David was waiting for God’s help and deliverance, he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). In the same way, you can encourage yourself as you wait on Him to release your Harvest.
The Psalms are full of examples of when David reminded himself of the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. For example, David began Psalm 13 feeling distressed that God seemed to have forgotten him and hidden His face. But as his turmoil rose, a breakthrough came when David finally turned his eyes on the Lord:
I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’S PRAISE, for he has been good to me. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me (vs. 5-6).
God’s love IS unfailing, dear friend. Keep your eyes on Him and recognize that “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). He sees your faithfulness and the seeds you’ve sown, and your Harvest will surely come (Galatians 6:9).
Maybe like me, you’ve sown your seed with a specific assignment for your children or grandchildren to come to Christ. Yet maybe things look even darker rather than brighter right now. If so, keep praying and believing God for your Harvest. Even if you’re the only one standing in the gap for your family, keep on standing. It’s amazing what just one believing, praying person can accomplish when you press in and claim His promises!
When our son Ben was away from the Lord, I waited eight long years for my prayers to be fulfilled and to receive the harvest from the seeds we had sown for him to come back to the Lord. Now Ben is a powerful man of God, and I’m so grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness.
TEND YOUR GARDEN
I’ve also learned that, although my intercession is powerful, God also requires me to do something to “water my garden” and “fertilize” my prayers. I get so excited when I see my garden growing—but I’m not just a passive onlooker! During the growing season, I’m out there every morning tending to my plants. I pick off any pests I find…pull off the “suckers” on my tomato plants…and pull up any weeds that might rob my plants of their nutrition.
The most enjoyable part of the process for me is the expectation I feel as I anticipate seeing the fruit begin to bud. I just know there will be vegetables, and I eagerly look for them every day.
I believe we’re to use our faith this same way as we wait to receive our harvest from the seeds we’ve sown into God’s Kingdom. We need to carefully tend to the spiritual “garden” we’ve planted. It’s important for us to pick off any “pests” or pull off any “suckers” the enemy would use to rob us of our harvest.
We also must be diligent to pull up any “weeds” of impatience, distraction, or doubt. As we watch and pray over the precious seeds we’ve planted, we can look forward with great anticipation to receiving God’s abundant blessings. This is our faith in action, and it pleases Him!
LOOK FOR YOUR HARVEST
Ben and his wife, Jessica, have a beautiful organic garden that they started several years ago. Ben made raised planter boxes, created an efficient watering system, and built a trellis for the beans and other climbing plants.
Jessica started the seeds indoors in the late winter, and my grandchildren enjoyed peeking each week to see how much the seeds had grown. When they transplanted the seedlings to the outside, some of them didn’t make it. That was a bit disappointing, but it didn’t stop Jessica and the children. They just started new seedlings.
Well, what got off to a shaky start ended up producing a huge crop of vegetables. Jessica and the kids had done the proper preparation, and they didn’t give up as they looked for their harvest. And they got it!
My friend, the Lord has wonderful harvest blessings on His mind for you. He loves you and wants to fulfill the desires He has planted in your heart. I encourage you to patiently wait for your harvest with faith and thanksgiving…it’s coming!
Your friend on the journey,
Barbara Cerullo is devoted to authentically sharing God’s love with women. She authors From Barbara’s Heart, where her spiritual insights, heartwarming family stories, and delightful anecdotes encourage readers with God’s faithfulness. Her husband, David, is CEO of Inspiration Ministries.