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sowing much - harvesting little...

Yesterday, as I sat looking at the Tennessee blue sky, feeling the wetness of the humidity (that overtakes everything to the core of your soul it feels like sometimes), I had an urge. An urge to spend time with God...a desire that came out of nowhere crying for me to pay attention to it, to do something about it...to meet my Maker and feel His love. I turned to Haggai (well, I didn't turn to it, it was just the book that my Bible opened up to, so I thought, "Hello Haggai. I'm not sure what you are all about, but I don't know what else to read, and you have a pretty unique name, so I'll give it a shot"). I was praying that God would teach me something, anything, no matter how little as I desperately just wanted to draw close to Him once again. I got to the first part of verse 6 of the first chapter. It read, "You have sown much, but harvest little..." It struck me as if I was jumping into 20 degree water in the dead heat of summer. I was wondering what just hit me, but refreshed that it did. I remember thinking that I didn't want to spend my life always sowing and never harvesting...never working through to the end what God started / starts in me. My terribly inadequate theological mind started racing and right away I found myself immersed in what I thought would be a 5 minute "quiet time" into an hour of thoughts whirling through my feeble mind. I began to see verses in Genesis with the story of Joseph and how it related to Levital law, the Psalmists cries and Proverbs wisdom, Jesus' teachings, and Paul's exhortations. In short, the infamous words of Jesus in Mark 4:13-20 speak of seeds that are sown; beside the road (when people hear it Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word), seed sown in the rocky places (people hear the word, receive it with joy, but have no firm root so when persecution or affliction come they forget the promises), seeds sown among thorns (people who hear the word but the worries of the world and desires of things enter in and choke the Word), and seed sown on good soil (these are the people that hear the Word, accept it, and most importantly, bear fruit, not forgetting to harvest what has been started). These are the people who find hope when there is no hope, who fight the good fight, who run with endurance, who do not give all of their harvest away (as Joseph pleaded with the people in Genesis), but who are willing and faithful to complete what God places in front of them. Which one are you? Which one do you want to be? What do you need to do to get there? These were all questions I was pondering and praying. Then there came the stark reminder from the psalmist in 126:5-6 that sowing is sometimes painful and the harvest comes with patience, diligence, committment and hard work. Then reality hit...Matthew 13:24-30 speaks of the "tares" that will come in when you least expect it and mar the field (causing our need for grace and forgiveness, and causing us to reach out for a Savior). But if you are faithful and persevere, the harvest will come and the tares will be weeded out until only the purity of the field remains, when the Lord returns. Come Lord Jesus, Come. "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:9

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