Planting seeds of hope!

I’m not much on gambling but that’s what it feels like. Our Family Room was once a seasonal room connecting the back of the house to the garage. It was only cement blocks and storm doors and single-pane windows so we had to do some major remodeling to make it a year-round room.

The room turned out nice and we spend a lot of time in there but we have a serious heat issue. Because the room is on a slab of cement we were only able to get one heat run to it and it’s on an inside wall. Brrrr! For four years now we’ve used various kinds of electric heaters and even found one that works pretty well, but the cost is astronomical!

So this year we bit the bullet and installed a vent free LP fireplace. We’ve been told that heating with gas is cheaper than electric. We just got it hooked up yesterday and it works great, but now we have an agonizing wait on our hands.

We want to know that we made the right decision. We want to know if it’s going to help with the heat bill. But we won’t know anything until we get through this winter. So we have to wait and hope for the best. Sort of like planting a seed and waiting to see if it will bear any produce.

It’s like that in God’s kingdom too. Each day is a new opportunity to plant one act of kindness, offer a prayer, demonstrate love or express God’s truth. What we plant today for God’s kingdom may take weeks or months or even years to bear fruit. In fact, we may not know about the fruit until we stand face-to-face with Jesus.

The waiting and uncertainty are agonizing. And yet we keep planting because we trust that God is in control and working in ways that we are unaware. It’s His world… His kingdom… His life… His story; and the final chapter has yet to be written!

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:7-9

Perhaps the most important planting we do are the seeds of hope in a loving and gracious heavenly Father as we…

… stay faithful and available to the Author of life!

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One response to “Planting seeds of hope!

  1. Good thoughts.

    What immeasurable joy it is for us to meet with an adult to whom we ministered as a child in childrens ministry many years ago and find them really enthusiastic about serving the Lord!

    On the other hand we never have contact with most of the ones to whom we minister. The harvest is in the hands of the One who matters and all we need is to be zealous about is the ministry to which He has called us – planting the seed, watering the crop or “bringing in the sheaves”.

    It is HIS work. As you say, our responsibility is to be available and faithful to our calling.

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