My Granddaughters came in yesterday with a tomato in hand.
They were so excited, yet a little disappointed at finding only one tomato!
One beautiful red tomato sits alone on the shelf over my sink.
The plants are hanging full of fruit, but only one tomato was ripe and ready!
How much longer before they are ready?
Can we eat the green ones?
Will they be ready tomorrow, Nana?
Trying to explain to them things like this take time was not an easy task.
I am sure they will go to the garden each day (while they are here) to see if another tomato is ready.
In Galatians Chapter 6 verses 9 and 10.
Paul reminds us that things or people do not always change overnight (as we want them to).
"Let us not grow weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Gardening is such a busy job and requires much work.
and just when you are ready to give up.......
.....then comes the harvest.
Much the same way is our labor for the Kingdom,
with one exception, we do not always get to reap the harvest,
yet, we are still to do the work.
The ministry I have had part in over the past several years
can be very stressful and tiring.
Pouring your life into individuals
who time and time again walk back to the ways of the world (drugs, alcohol, poverty).
You see it.....
Or hear of it.......
After hours and days of labor......
They get it!
They want it!
A life changes in an instant.
Just like that one beautiful red tomato on my shelf,
the harvest of a soul is a beautiful thing.
A display of God's love and Power!
Even though you did not get reap the harvest you know your labor was not in vain.
To all my blogger friends.
Never give up!
Do not grow Weary.
Keep on doing good.
and in due season the harvest will come.
Given to me by the family of a 17 year old who was to addicted to heroin.
I spent so much time and effort with her and almost gave up so many times.
Today, she is a Christian and is clean!!!! Yahoooo!
I am glad I continued to labor for her soul.
A harvest for the Kingdom.