Have you ever been in a season when it feels like nothing is happening - a dry season? This happened in ministry, and even in FCA, for me. Sometimes you can get so caught up in the work that you forget the heart behind it and the why. Recently, I had a moment when I was not seeing the fruit of my labor and lots was getting bottled up inside, leading me to go through the motions. I was able to talk to my best friend, Isaiah, about all these feelings. The conversation brought a lot of clarity and peace. One of the feelings I was struggling with was NOT SEEING RESULTS - seeing the fruit of your labor. As I was confessing all this to Isaiah he said, “Seeds take time to grow, and there is so much happening here, so many seeds being planted that you’re not going to see fruit right away; it takes time, some, more time than others.”
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Paul’s not saying, “Come on, just don’t be weary” he’s saying, “keep going, don’t give up and you will reap a harvest.” “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains" (James 5:7). There are certain seasons when you’re planting seeds, but the ground is dry, you need GOD to water the ground in order for the seeds to grow. “For in this hope (that is, Christ’s return) we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:24-25).
The cool part about my story with not seeing results is the next day I gave a short sermon at an old folk’s home to around forty seniors. I was able to speak about something that I’ve been wanting to share for a while. The day after that GOD gave me a word to share at our worship night. If only you could see what GOD is doing in you right now and the things He’s preparing you for… “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight … Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:5-6; 9-10). You don’t have to understand it, just trust Him. Will you trust GOD with your first fruits, what you have now, as you patiently wait on him for your harvest?