Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. Divide your gifts among many, for in the days ahead you yourself may need much help.
When the clouds are heavy, the rains come down; when a tree falls, whether south or north, the die is cast, for there it lies. If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. God's ways are as mysterious as the pathway of the wind, and as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother's womb. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow - perhaps it all will.
Ecclesiastes 11> 1-6 (TLB)
Man proposes, but God disposes. Proverbs 19: 21 (TLB)
David Brannock lives in Tennessee. One morning while walking downtown, David silently lamented to God about a painful rejection. A writing professional had not only given a negative critique of a story David had invested years crafting; the expert also advised him to walk away from the project. Tears rimmed his eyes. Was it time to give up writing for publication and find another way to honor God and bless others?
As David continued his walk, a piece of litter in the road caught his eye. Nestled against the curb was a half-full pack of pens. He picked it up and pulled out the two that remained. They were his favorite kind: black ink, bold strokes, comfortable grip. David smiled and thanked God for this gift. What others may have seen as trash, David now clutched as a tangible sign that he should keep writing.
Today's reading reminds us that we never know which of the seeds we sow in faith will blossom. God alone knows which ones will flourish and which ones will wither. Failure stings, yet we will not reap a harvest if we never risk planting. Scripture invites us to keep sowing because we can trust God with the results.
Prayer: Faithful God, when we are discouraged at the lack of visible success, remind us that you will prevail and that our job is to continue to sow the seeds, in Jesus' name. Amen.