I’ll like to share briefly something I learnt from church yesterday. I always love it when I get a whole different meaning to something in the Bible which I’m so used to. So today’s example, is the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13; 1-23.
I’ve always understood this parable in relation to the Word of God. In conclusion, some receive the word of God and let it bear fruit whilst others don’t at all or make the pleasures and pressures of life sway them from the Word. So yesterday, my pastor presented it in a different perspective and I’ll like to share it here.
In the parable, the farmer scattered his seed, Some fell along the path and birds ate them, some fell at rocky places and withered, some fell among thorns which were choked by the thorns and some fell on good soil which produced 100,60 and 30 fold. As we’re living this life on earth, what we are actually doing is scattering our seed on the ground to be able to reap from them either in the short or long run. Even going to school and getting your degree is you sowing a seed. So that after school, you can reap by getting a job etc. Everyday, we have to improve ourselves in all aspects (spiritually, physically, emotionally etc) to maintain a healthy balance. At the end of each day, can we boldly say we’ve learnt or gotten something new to help us live life better?
I’ll like to make this personal so I ask myself where am I sowing the seeds in my life? Is it all in movies, following the latest fashion trends, useless social media rants, gossip, baseless talk, chasing money? I’ll admit that I find myself sort of interested in the things mentioned above but really in the end, what exact return on investment will I get from them? Are they worth it? That’s a question I have to answer for myself. It’s easier said than done so I pray for strength to be able to set my priorities right to please my Father. I’ll end it here with a question for us to ponder on.
At the end of it all, when I’m to calculate my life’s ‘return on investment’ will it be 100%, 60% , 0.005% or nil?
So let’s call this my little testimony. Here it goes…
Yesterday I had to meet someone somewhere for work purposes. I initially thought it was a walking distance but upon further thought, I realized it wasn’t going to be a short walk. But at the same time I wasn’t ready to pick a cab there so here I was, spending about ten minutes thinking about how long the walk will be.
I left the house to go meet the person who was almost at the location. Some few metres away from my house, I remembered that I had left a particular book so i had to return home. Trust me, I was quite mad with myself then cos I already had a long journey to take. I got home, took the book and set off for the second time. When I got to the junction, a car stopped and the driver tells me to get in. I looked at him and saw he was familiar and just got into the car. (I hardly ever take lifts and won’t encourage anyone reading to but I was already running late, the guy looked familiar and I felt it was a right decision I was making. The guy was even surprised I didn’t resist but I couldn’t help it lool).
He alighted me some few metres away from the location. As I was walking down the road, I just remembered Ephesians 3:20 especially the part which says, “more than we can ask or think”. I was thinking about how I’ll have to walk that long distance only for God to do more than I thought by providing someone to shorten the journey for me.
I’m not encouraging anyone to take lifts from people who look familiar. Far from that! My message from this little testimony is that God hears our silent thoughts and does things His own way and at his own time to meet our need. Leaving the book at home, which made me mad with myself, was His way of making things work His own way to meet my ‘walking’ need.
Ephsians 3: 20 has found a deeper meaning in my life now. Thank you Jesus!
One of my morning chores is to water the plants in our compound. I actually enjoy it a lot because we have a lot of flower pots with varying plants. For some plants, I give more water than the rest. Some I hardly even water because they don’t need it. I pay extra attention to the hibiscuses and a few others whose names I don’t know, unfortunately. There’s this particular plant which my mother always tells me not to waste water on, but I still do. She says that because it refuses to grow anymore and the soil seems to be either so clayey or filled with roots that, most of the water I end up pouring on it just trickles down the crack of the pot. I keep on watering it anyway. One day, I realized another plant growing in the middle of it which did surprise me and make me happy at the same time. I was excited because I had almost given up on it, only for me to see this fresh little sprout.
Okay, so what is my point?
I believe God speaks in some unconventional ways and He did so during one of my watering days. We are like the plants with God being the gardener or in my case, the one who waters the plants. He waters us according to our ability as in the case of the Parable of the Talents. Some He waters more than others because He knows exactly what He’s doing. Other people may give up on us because we may not be performing as we’re supposed to for reasons unknown to them. In other words, people may consider us to be useless but the Creator of the Universe still waters us knowing that in due time we will produce that little fresh plant within us. Let us not pay heed to what the world says of us, though it may hurt. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our lives.
I realized some days ago that I had the wrong idea about the Proverbs 31 woman. Truth is, I have never really read that chapter in the Bible. I believe the Holy Spirit prompted me to and I didn’t actually study it cos I was late for work *please don’t judge me lol*
But my Bible (Amplified Version) made me realize she’s not just a hardworking lady but one who doesn’t take any chances with her relationship with God. I really never took note of the latter part
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the needbe self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
I read this verse whilst having my quiet time yesterday and I’ve been addicted to it since. God is able to make ALL (not some or most) favour and earthly blessing come to me in abundance so that in EVERYTHING (not some things or most things) I will be self sufficient (for every good work). Wow! Just wow!
I mean, as said in my local dialect, “womp3 wei na wop3 de3n?’. What is it that you need in your ministry and walking in His purpose? Strength? Power? Favour? Wisdom? I could go on and on. God has that ability to bring all to you because He wants you to abound in every good work. I believe all we have to do as His children is to ask him because everything belongs to Him. We are self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.
Have you ever eaten those frozen pot pies? I have not eaten one in years but I used to love the chicken ones. One of my early cooking attempts was baking a couple of them for an easy summer dinner for the family. I had put a few of them on a cookie sheet and anxiously waited for them to finish baking. As I took them out of the oven my hand brushed the pan. I recoiled and dropped the pot pies, spilling them on the door of the oven and the floor, the pies exploded. The contents hit my bare legs (I had shorts on) and it felt like hot lava. I screamed and jumped back – too late. I had second and third degree burns on my upper left thigh. For a long time I was afraid to use the oven.
I have something to share with you guys today. Sometime ago, I had an inner prompting that I should take a character in the Bible, specifically female and read about her. At that time, I had drawn a bit away from God for no reason. So I was thinking about who I should pick. The only names that came to mind were Mary Magdalene and Rahab for some funny reason.
All of a sudden, the name Deborah came to mind and I believe it was the Holy Spirit. So I decide to quickly find on the internet the Scriptures which talk about her. I do so and I stumble on this piece on her which I decide to read. I start and I don’t find it speaking to me cos it started by saying Deborah was the Margaret Thatcher ( Iron Lady) of the Bible. I however, decide to go on reading.
All of a sudden, I freeze and before I know it tears start running down my eyes. I saw something which spoke to my heart so directly. Deborah means HONEYBEE! And guess what? Melissa means HONEYBEE as well! At that point I felt like God had led me that whole time and I was so amazed at how He speaks to us in different ways.
I just want to encourage someone this morning. God hears your prayers!