Abraham Lincoln: A Good Harvest

August 18

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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The restful gaze of a farmer finishing up his job sits back and can only hope for two things: that he planted his crops well, in healthy, fertile soil and that the weather (out of his controlling hands) will do it’s job. There is rest when the farmer understands that he cannot control the climate. There is rest, too, when he knows that he has done the best he can do.

Which fields are you sowing into this day? Have you planted with care and diligence? And can you step back and release control in circumstances that are beyond you? Faithfulness is so much easier when we come to the place where we begin to differentiate between what needs are hard work and what needs us to stand aside. When God calls me to toil, I must toil. When He calls me to trust… I must trust. The fields I must attend to lie within the hearts of men and lives of other people. The seeds are dipped in the Love and Grace of Christ and the soil is Gods plan of redemption. My hands must become calloused from the daily sowing and when the planting season ends, God calls me to watch and wait patiently for the harvest to come in. And there is still, as always, a great deal of work to be done. But I cannot control the elements any more then I can ultimately control how bountiful the harvest will be. All i can do is work my hardest and do all that He has required of me then sit and be confident that whatever the harvest yields… it will be pleasing to the Lord and… it will be enough.

Peace, today. Sean Gutteridge

 

Today’s Scripture: Haggai 2:23

23 On that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the LORD, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the LORD of hosts.”

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