You feel the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon you as you write that blog, preach that message, teach that lesson, sing that song or work on any other project God has laid upon your heart. You've sought God about it. You feel the passion and you are already blown away and rejoicing that truly God is going to do something great and then...it's like a firecracker that fizzled out before it even had a chance to take off. What happened?
Discouragement attempts to settle down on you. What did you do wrong? You examine yourself and ask yourself the hard questions. Was this really God's will? Was I getting in the way? Was I really being obedient? Did I really seek God like I should have? Sometimes the answers to at least some of these questions and others like them is no. However, sometimes the answer to all of them may actually be yes. So, what happened?
This is when we need to remember that we only see a fragment of the picture and when we do, we usually are only able to scratch the surface. Very rarely do we get a glimpse of what is really going on behind the scenes.
I do not believe that anything we do in the name of the Lord is done for nothing. While we may not see the fruit of our labor today, tomorrow, next week, next year or ever, that does not mean the seed was not planted. It may be dormant right now but when all of the conditions are right, it will grow.
Right now,the grass in my yard is under a blanket of snow. I can't see it unless I dig a hole in it. If I do, all I'll see is brown grass that looks dead. It's not dead though, it's only dormant. As the snow melts, the days get longer and the ground temperature gets warmer, an amazing transformation takes place. That grass which was dormant, dry and brown will suddenly be transformed into soft, fragrant, green grass which grows profusely! Once everything is put into place and the time is right, it flourishes.
We need to remember the same thing applies to us. While we might not see the fruit of our labor now, we can be confident that the Lord of the Harvest knows exactly what he is doing and our job is to do whatever he asks us to do...whether we understand it or not!
Amen and Amen K!
If we are faithful and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit we can be sure that God will use it to His glory.
Great point, K. There have been so many times that I have felt inspired, written a Sunday School lesson or devotional to share with the ladies at church only to have it be received coolly and I go home and beat myself up over it.
I'll remember this, thanks!
You are a word in time. Praise God. I just volunteered to take the 'care givers (nannies) ' class in church. I was so happy cos finally I would be leaving behind my 'bench warmer' status in church. Up until after the first informal introductory class, I was on a high! But as I tried to put together the first lessons. We believe it should start off with'God's Love', I began to feel inadequate. Like I may have bitten off too much for me at this time.
But your word encourages me again. I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me and I know it is His will that these young ladies who help us take care of our children be shown the Love of God and taught how to live in that Love on their way to eternal life. So it must be the right thing. And now that I think of it, I truly felt alive as I spoke to those ladies last Sunday! Glory to God! Thanks K and God Bless you!
Sometimes we reap and sometimes we sew. The only thing that matters is the seed. Thanks for caring enough to wonder.
Be A Blessing,
My son used to perform and speak at schools across the upper midwest. There were times I know he would just beat himself up if he felt that he "messed-up" or if the response wasn't what he hoped for. I gave him this formula:
Ask yourself these questions:
Did I pray and seek God before speaking/performing?
Did I allow God to be in control of what I said or did or was I trying to do it myself?
Did I prepare like I should have?
Did I put forth my best effort?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then you can be confident that you did exactly what God required of you. If you cannot answer yes to these questions, then you need to ask God's forgiveness, ask Him to fix your mistakes and ask Him make things right in spite of you!
[quote]Discouragement attempts to settle down on you. What did you do wrong? You examine yourself and ask yourself the hard questions. Was this really God's will? Was I getting in the way? Was I really being obedient? Did I really seek God like I should have? [/quote]
I know how that is,
Thank you for the blessing.