March 6, 2018
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. – Psalm 126:5-6
A young girl enthusiastically planted a seed. Every day she checked to see if her seed had grown. After a short time, she became frustrated because it seemed that nothing was happening. She said to her mother, “I think I’ll stop watering this seed since nothing is happening.” Her mother sensed her disappointment and began to explain to her the task of sowing seeds. She said that in the beginning you need lots of patience, because seeds need to be nurtured before they grow. Once a seed is planted, it is buried and unseen by the natural eye. People may pass right by and not realize that you planted a seed, but you know that it is there, because you put it there. If you stopped to watch the seed grow, it might seem as though the growth process is not happening. You might even be tempted to give up and stop nurturing it, but then it could die. In faith, you keep cultivating and watering the seed, believing that one day it will grow into something splendid. Then, the day finally arrives when something starts to peek out from the dirt. Though it is small, it seems to say, “Hey, I’m still in here, and yes, I am responding to the good nutrients all around me.” After a while, the seed blossoms into exquisite flowers or something tasty to eat.
As Christians, sometimes we may feel as this little girl did when we attempt to share the Gospel with others. If we have sowed the Word of God to friends or loved ones hoping that they will get saved, we are sowing seeds of faith. Maybe years have come and gone, and it still looks as though they are never going to give their lives to Jesus. To the natural eye, it may seem like nothing is happening, but we must not give up! Once we have done our part, God will give the increase. If we watch, pray, and believe, we will see the results. That is a promise!