And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
6 years ago I made note cards with each coworker’s name written down and corresponding prayer requests listed. The requests stemmed from what I had observed in my time with each person at work. I still have the prayer cards although I do not work directly with each person I was praying for at that time.
One thing I knew early on when working for my current employer (that I sometimes tend to forget as the years roll by) is that my first and foremost job position is that of an Intercessor. And my Boss is the Commander-in-Chief Himself, Elohim.
There is one particular employee I’ve worked with for almost a decade. Our interactions have ebbed and flowed depending on where I was sitting in the department and what was happening in life. I let my light shine brightly when we first began working together. She actually mentored me professionally in many ways and has been a great advocate for me. But I know I must have frightened her as an early 20-something who was always talking about Jesus :-). I was never one to shy away from my convictions and so when we car-pooled together, gospel music was blaring on the radio, regardless of her less than comfortable disposition. But favor was given to me in her sight and so many others. Day in and day out my consistency became apparent. The consistency in my beliefs, my personality, my work ethic. God was and is still, painting a picture through me here, even when I have tried in so many ways to jump ship.
And I’m starting see why.
I’m starting to see the harvest. People who I have never heard talk about the Lord are now praying to Him. They know to pray to Him in part b/c of my consistency. Because of His story through me. I don’t share this to boast. I share it in part to remind myself of what He is doing when I am frustrated that it is the opposite of what I want. I also share to encourage you that the harvest does come;
When you sow
You will reap
If you do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
I am seeing people fasting and attending church services, when in 6 years I have never heard them talk about such things. I am seeing the Lord drawing them to Himself. And it is wonderful. All of a sudden so many are awakening to wholeness and healing. Whether it is taking place in the effects of their diet, or in more spiritual ways, they are awakening.
I was talking to a friend last night, sharing with her all that I was seeing in this season. We have both been under some serious temptations and have been encouraging each other in this life journey. “Our obedience affects so many others,” I shared “it’s like a domino affect”. God gives us all a sphere of influence, whether we ask Him to or not. He makes us accountable to others. He will elevate us to be in a position of influence and there is responsibility that comes with that influence (James 3:1). But with more responsibility comes an even great blessing. I am in awe to see the blessing in this season. I’m in awe to see the harvest.