Nevertheless he left not himself without witness,
in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven,
and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
- Acts 14:17 -
We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food;
no gifts have see to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
but that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.
All good gifts around us are sent from heav'n above;
then thank the Lord, O thank Lord for all His love.
- Matthias Claudius -
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
- Isaiah 55:10, 11 -
There is always a waiting time between the planting of the seed
and the gathering of the fruit or grain.
This is true in spiritual matters as well.
God often has to give us a waiting period for the full bloom of the Spirit's fruit
to be produced in our lives.
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -
Let s not forget about the spiritual harvest in our lives.
Have a lovely and blessed Lord's Day.