It’s easy to feel alone. We can live surrounded by kids, friends, and family and still feel overlooked. Outnumbered by piles of laundry and overcome by the needs of the day. Even in the middle of a conversation, I’ve found myself wondering, “Do they really understand?”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could harvest the fruit of our crops immediately? Seeds go into the ground, you water it, wait five minutes and BAM, there are baskets of fresh strawberries ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, gardening doesn’t work that way. We prepare the ground, plant, tend to the seedlings, and eventually gather a harvest. Planting seeds in life works pretty much the same way.
We are redeemed. Set free. Jesus paid the ultimate price, praise His holy name! Yet even as I praise the Lord for my redemption, it’s easy to forget what I’ve been redeemed into.
God gives not only the mission, but the power to carry it to completion. Not to shrink back in fear. The opposite of timidity. You are not faint-hearted. You are powerful, endowed with love and blessed with self-discipline.