22nd February 2014

Hope For Imperfect Sowers 

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
1 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV) 

Other than the parable Jesus gave us about the sowers (Luke 8:5-15), the world of plants can help us, especially if we are feeling that we’ve not done such a good job of raising our children and/or teaching them about God as we would have liked to have done. The plants could give us hope. 

Sometimes we don’t prepare the soil as well as we could have done.  Sometimes we sow the seed upside down! Sometimes we water the seed too frequently or too infrequently. However, it is God who gives the growth and in his time. 

Around the world we see plants growing in deserts as well as rainforests. We see them in nooks and crannies, even out of walls. It seems there is nowhere that God can’t grow plants. Even under snow some plants survive harsh winters. 

Also, I remember when I was a small child at school ( a long time ago!), we grew runner beans in jam jars to watch the beans sprout and grow. Even the bean planted upside down survived because, when they sprouted downwards they changed direction and grew up to the surface. God is in the business of turning things the right way up. 

We also need to remember that some seeds need to be left in the dark for quite some time before conditions are right for germination. God knows how long seeds we’ve sown need to stay in the dark and what conditions are needed for them to germinate. So we need to trust him for our children, knowing that he knows what he is doing, and holding onto the hope of seeing the seeds we’ve sown grow and flourish, even if it isn’t to happen for some time yet. 

Prayer
Thank You Father, for Your wonderful creation, from which we learn so many spiritual lessons. Thank You that You are in the business of mending, healing, reconciling and restoring mistakes we’ve made. Please help us to trust You for the well-being of our loved ones. Thank You in Jesus name.
Amen
 

Study by Ruth Edwards

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ruthedwards2About the Author:
Ruth Edwards is actively involved in her Worldwide Church of God Bristol congregation, including editing Links, a church magazine for the congregations of the South West and South Wales area.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email:  jf007d991@blueyonder.co.uk

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