Seeds, Seeds and more Seeds . . .
By Denise Schmeer
I’m the type of person who thrives on immediate results – whether repairing the clothes dryer, securing a downspout to the gutter, making lasagna or whatever.
So when I need to redo a repair, rip out a seam, or wait for a part to be delivered, I get “antsy.” Needless to say, when I’m going about doing God’s work, as in, sharing His Word, shining His Light, praying for others, usually the response is anything but immediate.
Why is that? What am I doing wrong? Am I using the wrong words, being to “pushy,” not being “pushy” enough? I think to myself – this is eternal salvation my friends (my children) what are you waiting for? Give your heart to Jesus!
Then God reminded me of me. How many times had people spoken into my life (sowed a seed) before I ever gave even one small thought to salvation?
I mean, there was my Dad who took me to Church every Sunday. My mom, who always made arrangements to get me to Wednesday Catechism classes – even sending me by taxi cab when necessary. And my grandmother Connie Pucarelli Preziosi who everyone said had a direct line to Heaven.Someone was always asking her to “light a candle” for them.
Then there was LaWanda Kent (looking back, she must definitely have been from a Pentecostal Church) whose incredible joy about everything was contagious! Not to mention Ralph and Gerri – they definitely walked the walked and talked the talk of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Yes, all these people sowing seeds of salvation into my life – so many seeds, so many years! And most of them never saw the fruits of their labor – me finally giving my life to Christ, acknowledging Him as my Lord and Savior.
But each one was diligent – sowing seeds, wherever they went and believing in the harvest to come.
And it must be this way for me as well – to sow as many seeds as I can into family, friends, strangers, anyone and everyone God puts in my path.
I must learn to be content with the sowing, patient that others will sow as well. Some will water the seed planted by me and some will see the harvest.
Thank you, God for reminding me that our calling is to sow. You and the Holy Spirit will change the heart.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 & 9; "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth . . . For we are God's fellow workers.”