We have really grown to enjoy gardening. One of my favorite things this time of year is to step outside and see what additions are ripe to add to our meal. This summer, it seems our garden has been bountiful…lettuce, strawberries, peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers…
It seems crazy I ever doubted. But when it’s May and I’m spacing those seeds into the ground, the temptation is to wonder whether or not it’s worth it. Will this ever grow into anything? Did the seeds go bad? Is the soil ready? Will the critters ruin this?
But we planted. And we waited. And hoped.
Then there’s that glorious moment when you spot a brilliant greenish hue springing up from the brown. As the ground bursts forth with new life, it’s almost as if you can hear a Hallelujah! It really all is miraculous. How this tiny seed turns into a juicy strawberry. Or a plump tomato. Or a pod of peas.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before ALL nations.
The Lord has given us a burden for the people left to themselves to figure out how to live. We cannot imagine trying to make sense of this world without the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And so, we are in process of leaving it all behind and heading to Brazil, where there are still 120 different languages (nations!) that have never heard of Jesus. The seed has never been planted.
Part of me is tempted to wonder how is this going to happen? are we ready for what’s ahead? will we raise the partners needed for us to leave in November? This is where we look to the Lord of the harvest to do what only He can do. Because we wholeheartedly believe our Sovereign Lord will make Hallelujahs! spring up before ALL nations. So, we plant. And we wait. And hope.
And play this song on repeat.