Yesterday, I went by my mom and dad's house. It will be gone soon. Someone else will live there and make memories, hopefully as wonderful as mine are. But, nevertheless, gone from my family, just like they are. As I was sitting in the driveway, I looked down and watched as leaves were poking up through the ground. Years ago my brother, who has now passed on, planted hundreds of tulips in their front garden. And every year, for over 10 years, they poke out of the ground, letting us know that spring is almost here. It made me pause and think about the care in which they were planted and how those painstaking hours in that garden brings so much beauty and it gave me comfort. My parents and brother are gone but the seeds they planted are forever here.
We are like those seeds. God planted us to grow and become more like Him. He has fed us, watered us and cared for us, so that we can care for others. He has fertilized us by providing the Holy Spirit and the Bible, so that we can take His seedlings and make great women and men for Him. Our purpose, if you are looking for one, is to be the caretaker of the lost, raise the next generation, and fortify those around you when difficulties arise. We are not the weeds that grow rapidly for He has painstakingly planted us for His purpose and as He pauses, glory arises.
If you are wondering what's next in your journey, remember that you were planted and taken care of, just as if you were the bulbs my brother planted so many years ago. Spring is almost here. It is a new season, full of the Cross, stand behind Jesus and ask Him to reveal what's next in your journey. There are so many that are lost and so few workers. He is calling us as women to work for the future generations. Arise my sisters and realize He wants us to be His caretakers. Let's be his voice, his hands, his love, so that future generations can pause and find comfort in their Savior.
Matthew 13: 4-9 NKJV:
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. and some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
We are like those seeds. Some of us will bring many to Christ and some will bring little. It will be determined by Christ how many we will sow. However, like the tulips that will be popping up soon, we are the workers and Christ is the master gardner. Without Him, the seeds will surely die, but with Him they will flourish. We need to be ready, so that when He calls us to give time and energy; we hear His call. Take heart my sister's; He will call and we will be ready!
My prayer today:
Thank you Lord for the beauty of Spring. For when one season goes, another is around the corner. We desire to work in your fields, to plant your seeds and to nurture them for You. You will feed and water them but we will love them for You. Give us a heart for the lost and broken. Protect us as we enter into Spiritual battles and give us the tools to grow hundreds of warriors for You. This is Your planting ground but we want to help. Thank you for the comfort You provide but thank you mostly, for saving us! We don't deserve any of this but are thankful for all of it. AMEN