Trusting Him in the Dirt

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

— Helen Keller —

A couple of evenings ago I took Jordy for a walk on one of my favorite stretches of the scenic bike path that rolls through our area.

He sat in the wheelchair while I pushed, walked, reflected, and prayed.

As most of you know, between our personal life and the life of our country, things have been a bit challenging lately.

During our stroll, I had a conversation with the devil and told it where to go…back to its home. For the past several months I’ve been having this conversation with it quite often and after I do I refocus myself on the awesome power of God.

It makes me feel better…but I probably look comical to others on the bike trail. “Hey, there goes that guy that cusses at the devil.” 🙂

Helen Keller’s opening quote sure makes sense to me and connected with notes from a Steven Furtick sermon that was part of my morning devotion yesterday. Furtick is the pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina.

Yesterday’s devotion from Furtick was talking about how we need to let the dirt (the times we feel as though we are in the dark) do its job. He used scripture from the book of Mark to make his point:

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” Mark 4:26-27

Furtick goes on to say:

You might be in a situation where you don’t know “how.”

How am I going to get through this?

God, I’m not smart enough. God, I wasn’t trained for this. God, I’ve never been this way before. God, this is new to me. God, I feel like a rookie.

I’m here to tell you: you don’t have to know how when you know Who. He’s the Lord of the harvest. The seed is mine, but the harvest is His.

I don’t have to know; I’ve just got to sow. Don’t let what you don’t know keep you from sowing. The farmer didn’t know how it was going to happen, but he knew what to do.

I have to keep sowing. I have to keep praying. I have to keep believing. I have to be present. I have to show up.

All you have to do is sow.

And trust there is a harvest about to grow from your dirt.


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