Encouragement for Women
Good evening sister saints!
I thought I'd share a little story about seeds and the gospel. We had to go to a bigger town to run some errands and after we were done and heading home, I was thinking about my day and a bit sad because I wanted to witness to someone but that chance didn't occur. I also didn't get a chance to give any gospel cards because the check out people were either in a cranky mood and walking away as soon as they were done or they were so busy they weren't paying attention anymore and focused on the next person before I walked away.
Then I remembered that I had my gospel sign on my shopping basket and a lot of people read it. Also we had our gospel signs on the van, and brother James had some opportunities to share gospel cards so it was a fruitful day. Yes, getting our errands done is important but more important is looking for those opportunities and being ready to share the precious truth with the lost.
As we were getting closer to our homestead I mentioned to brother James that maybe I should stop at the little grocery store and see about some zucchini and I said that maybe someone needs the gospel there! I'd been there often enough that most the workers have gotten a gospel card from me and so I thought maybe it wasn't meant to be to give one out, since once again there were no opportunities. As I was leaving a woman and I almost bumped into each other and she said "I love your sign!" And I gave her a gospel card and she thanked me for it and said to have a good day.
Then we headed to the gas station and I saw a store down the road that I said to brother James that I'd walk to it to see if they have any of those inexpensive seeds that we wanted to stock up on for a garden if the future if we needed it. (They had a nice assortment 4/$1 and 2/$1, yay!)
While I was getting my seeds rung up I asked the woman how her day was going. I then told her those seeds are just as good as any other seed I've gotten and she laughed and said she has no clue cuz she can't grow anything, it all dies. When I was done paying, she told me to have a good day and hopes the seeds work out for me and that she's envious. I handed her a gospel card and said "Here, have some good news. The gospel plants seeds." She gave me a big thank you, laughed and said "Thank you very much!" She was reading the card as I was walking out.
I was rejoicing because just like planting seeds, you never know if they will grow or even how it happens but God does what He does and the garden produces the bounty. Just like we never know what seeds are planted in others as we share the gospel even in small ways like giving out gospel cards. God will do what He does with those seeds but we're just being faithful in planting them.
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Praise God to be workers of the Lord and never underestimate the power of those seeds planted even if you never see any of the harvest. Trust in God to use our good works however He wants to, and we just keep being faithful in them all.
Keep your armor on and be a ready seed planter sisters!
Fervent, godly love,