April 22, 2011

be not weary

It's cloudy again today, rainy, cold.


Between some pesky animals (with digging paws),
 the cold spells, and "endless torrential floods" of rain -
it's easy to feel that all of my hard work on our new garden
has thus far come to naught.
If the seeds weren't completely unsettled by the cat 
and the dog, surely they must've been frozen or washed away.


A few days ago,
I was in the process of miserably staring through the
rain-streaked windows at my pitiful little garden.
So much hard work, so little reward.

At that moment, every situation facing me seemed so difficult;
I was sick of putting so much effort into projects,
only to have my work destroyed, or not appreciated.
I just wanted to give up.
For a moment I was tempted to doubt that it was worthwhile.

Those are always the instances when the Lord gives
me some hope; and this moment was no exception.

As I stared at that drowning garden,
and allowed myself to become frustrated and weary,
of all those areas that just don't seem worth the effort right now-
the Lord graciously brought a verse to my mind.
Just the sort of promise that I needed to be reminded of;
a verse that suddenly applied in a way I hadn't considered before:

"Be not weary in well doing: 
for in due season ye shall reap,
if ye faint not."

Galatians 6:9

What a perfect verse for this time in my life.
One I've often quoted before,
but never soaked in quite as fully as I am now.

I'll admit, as a single young woman who has chosen
to stay with my family and under my father's protection - 
it can sometimes be easy to see this phase of my life as
a lot of tilling hard ground, planting seeds,
and working through some rainy Spring days -
without a whole lot of substance to show for it.
(Not counting the obvious blessings of being with my
precious family - you know what I mean.)

It takes so much Faith.

Each decision, each step of sanctification and surrender
to the Lord, and His will for my life,
each act of obedience in the tasks I've been handed -
are like little hope-filled seeds.

And I'm called to keep planting them,
to keep cultivating them,
whether I can see the fruits immediately or not.
It's all about being faithful in the "little things" right now.

The cloudy days do come in life,
the seasons when you feel like you sacrifice so much -
and your efforts to human eyes seem a mockery,
or even a complete waste.

But for the Wisdom of a loving Father,
and His precious Promises.

I thought perhaps there is another young lady "out there"
who might at times find herself weary in well doing.

Don't be faint of heart or spirit,
we shall reap in due season.
Never forget where your treasure is.

Those seeds that I felt would never amount to anything,
have now emerged in the garden as tiny seedlings;
they didn't come up exactly where I planted them;  :)
but they are there.
And with time, there will be a harvest.

The Lord has promised.


Kyleigh said...

Kate, I can't tell you how incredible the timing of this post is.
"Persevere" is a word that's been on my mind a lot.
Thank you.

Bethany said...

Thank you for posting this Kate! I know how you feel, I had one of those days yesterday. Your blog was an encouragement to me. Easy to forget we only see part of the story. God sees the whole and HE is the one in control too.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

By His Grace,

Sophia Merie said...

Kate, you are not alone! I think every girl has experienced these feelings at some time or another.

Perseverance is really key in the life of a believer. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Like you said, the Lord promises blessings to those who take this verse to heart and remain faithful to His Word.

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

Rachel Noel said...

Thanks for the encouragement Kate! It's good to know I'm not the only one who goes through this. (big smile)

Jacqueline said...

What encouragement that can come from from discouragement! Praise God that you can see the sanctification from the trials. "Count it all joy, my brethren..."
I also think of 2 Cor. 4: 7: "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."

Happy Resurrection Day to you and your family!