Worth the Wait
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. Galatians 6: 7-10 (NRSV)
Jody Williams lives in Illinois. When Jody became a homeowner, he found mowing the lawn stressful. Getting the mower started was a feat in itself, not to mention the hour and a half it took to get the job done. As Jody has grown accustomed to mowing, however, he has actually begun to enjoy it. He finds satisfaction in seeing weeds disappear as he works, and he loves to admire the beauty of his lawn when he is finished.
This experience has caused Jody to wish that more of life was this way. In most of his other efforts, he doesn't see immediate results the way he does when mowing his lawn: The friend who seemed excited to come to church with Jody once doesn't come again. After Jody had taught them for months, his students still make the same mistakes they made before. Temptations he thought he had conquered get the best of him yet again.
Today's quoted verse reminds us not to give up on our efforts to do good. We may see the results of our efforts in this life, but not always. God's timetable is different than ours. And even when we may not see it, God is working to mold us into the image of Christ. God promises that if we don't give up, we are sure to reap a harvest worth the wait.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to persevere in our efforts to do good, in Jesus' name. Amen.