|Google image ~ reminds me of my daddy plowing the fields|
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
A close childhood friend came for a visit last weekend. We’ve known each other for over forty years, but seen each other rarely over the last twenty-five. As we shared memories, stories about our families, and our jobs, decades of personal history lived anew with brilliant fresh meaning. Childhood dreams might not have been realized, yet life has been rich. Our reunion was particularly refreshing due to this unexpected perk: I could see that perseverance and patience had paid off. Our labors had not been in vain.
We all get weary. Sometimes we are physically exhausted; sometimes we are mentally exhausted and rather frustrated with the way our lives are going. Maybe the daily routine has become a drudgery which never seems to lighten up, getting harder with each passing day. In a career where we once felt inspired and dedicated to doing good, maybe now we are feeling used up. I was battling such feelings when my friend came to visit. But as we talked about raising our children, our struggles and our accomplishments, the precious fruits of our labors came into focus.
Even when we are connected to meaningful relationships and endeavors, many circumstances and outcomes are not what we want them to be, and our patience is tested. In retrospect, it’s easier to see that, in spite of life’s struggles and pains, we can have confidence in God’s promises.
A farmer labors and hopes for an abundant harvest in a season. In a matter of months, he gathers the fruits of his labors. Believers labor and hope for an abundant harvest as well. Fortunately, we see some fruits in this lifetime; others we will see in Eternity.
God has promised in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we live each day, doing those things that we know we need to do, our confidence can be in the integrity of His word. Our labors are not in vain.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15: 58
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Today's devotional is an excerpt from my devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments. I hope it was a blessing to you.
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