Planting a seed – Part 1

Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
This verse has taken on new meaning over the past week.
I must admit that at times my patience has been thin and my faith has been weak.
I really want to wait on the Lord as the Psalmist encourages us to do; Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Ps 27:14
Would it be any easier to know what God was going to do and when?
I don’t think so; the anticipation and anxiety would still be very high.
It is really best to sit back and watch the hand of God move for you; to sustain you and keep you.
When our church air-conditioners were vandalized, I’ll admit I was really upset.
Upset became faith; faith became peace; peace became anticipation of what God would do next.
Then the insurance company torpedoed us and my faith begin to sink.
The nice thing about sinking is you look up and try to keep your head above water. Like Peter walking on the sea and sinking, there is nothing else to do but utter the same words he did, “Lord, save me!” Matt 14:30
Jesus reached out and pulled him up.
The hand of Jesus has reached out to our church through the hands of friends, acquaintances, and strangers.
On Saturday I received a phone call from a friend that said he and his wife would be giving $100 to our A/C need. I also received word that another family is giving $200.
When I checked the mail there was another check for $150 and $6 in $1 dollar bills – a planting of a seed of faith believing that it will grow and prosper.
Then I got a Facebook message from a pastor I have never met promising to plant a seed of $100.
Indeed let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

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