Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 NLT“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.”
Also see 2 Cor 9:6
The Bible is filled with analogies of gardening and farming because God can teach us so much about ourselves and our relationship with Him through the concepts of ploughing, planting, reaping, pruning and harvest.
Any farmer knows that it’s pointless to even try to reap a harvest during planting season.
And gardening enthusiasts know there are specific times for planting each type of plant, seed or bulb.
The farmer who is overly analytical about the wind or what the clouds are up to will never even get around to sowing his seeds and there will be no harvest for him.
If we are always waiting for conditions to be perfect, or the way we think they should be, we’ll be like an overly anxious farmer who is constantly checking weather conditions and inadvertently lets a whole planting season go by, while his grain lies in the barn.
God just tells us to sow, if I look at the circumstances, before I’m willing to do that, I might as well be saying to Him ‘I don’t trust you to bring a harvest.’
Sowing Seed with Trust
Last night I woke up just as with the words ‘ Just keep on sowing’ dropped into my heart. I lay there and ‘pondered’ that for a while and this is what I felt God say to me. We so often plant seed and then sit back and just wait to see what happens, feeling we’ve done our bit. But different seeds are planted ALL YEAR ROUND. God has given us the seed and we are commissioned to sow – Whatever the circumstances may look like to us. Even when it doesn’t make sense to us. We can trust Him to bring about the harvest in due time. He is faithful!
Jill McIlreavy April 2017