This blog is written by my friend Nancy Crowson. She works with me as a volunteer translating to English the stories I write in Spanish. Yesterday I gave you some insight into the hardships of getting the right picture for each story. Nancy does such a good job of translating that I feel she enhances the stories every time. We’re “sisters, working hand in hand for our Lord.
The pictures illustrating the seed and the soils that Nancy writes about were done by Felix Celis in Bolivia. He is now with the Lord. Cristina colored the pictures. Back when he did the pictures we had no possibilities of doing anything in color. How things have changed! Enjoy the pictures and the blog!
At the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Jesus told the story of a farmer who sowed seed in four different kinds of ground, but only the last field could produce anything. What happened to the seed in the other three? Birds ate the first seeds. The second seeds didn’t have enough dirt to grow because the ground was too rocky. Thorns grew up and choked out the third seeds. But finally he sowed in good fertile soil and produced a crop. Jesus likened this to planting seeds of the Word of God in the soil of our hearts.
And that’s still how it works today! You either spend your life scaring off birds, removing rocks, pulling weeds or preparing good fertile soil for a good crop. Make the right choice and you prosper; make the wrong one, and it’ll be a long, hard, winter.
Choose from the following options: (1) Exhaust yourself fighting off “birds” that constantly attack your values and try to rob you of your vision. (2) Get discouraged because of the “rocks” you have to climb over or go around, on your way to your goals. (3) Quit because of the “weeds” that attempt to choke the life out of your dreams. (4) Go through life sowing “good seeds in good soil” and reaping good harvests. It’s up to you! Negative thinking will always empower your problem and keep you from reaching your destiny! It will ensure that your harvest never makes it to the barn!
Prepare the soil of your heart by fellowshipping with the Father on a daily basis, praying and reading His Word. Then plant the seeds of His promises in that good soil, water it with prayer and tend it with faith and patience. Don’t expect the seeds that you plant today to come up tomorrow. They could…for our God is a miracle-working God! But trust in His season for the harvest. And don’t ever stop planting and expecting a return!
Haven’t you heard the term “seasonal fruits”? Different fruits are available in different seasons. God knows the right season for you. Trust Him! Focus on your part. When things go wrong, don’t give up! Remember, God has promised that when the time is right ~ you will reap!