…praying is planting. Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but it eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations. In fact, our prayers bear fruit forever. (pg 75 – Draw the Circle)
It’s not always easy to pray. A few mornings back, I could not keep my eyes open during my 6am prayer time. I had gotten very little sleep (about 3 hours average each night…I am SOOO STUPID!) for 2 nights in a row and my prayers were suffering. I wanted so badly to spend time with God, but my body wouldn’t cooperate. It was frustrating. I am human. It was a holiday. Everyone else on the earth was asleep.
Why, oh WHY did I commit to doing 6am everyday? Why didn’t I just do it on weekdays? And non-holidays? And Lord, I’d like for you to please give me my book idea right now. In the next 30 seconds. With an outline of chapters. On pretty paper.
Did ya’ll read that line about microwave answers???
Do you have those days when you find yourself giving God a to-go order like you’re getting a big ol’ tea at McDonald’s – half cut please (half sweet, half unsweet, thank you very much)? I have to continually remind myself that life is a process and that I am planting a seed. This seed will bless my daughters in ways that I may never see. This seed will flourish throughout generations that I may never meet. The planting of this seed is part of the process of becoming what God has ahead for me.
And as the book said – we can only plant seeds. We cannot make things grow. Period.
On those darkest days when it feels like my harvest will never come, when I can’t seem to find my way through the struggles and frustrations of life – I want to put my focus on one thing: Keep praying.
Whenever I dread doing small insignificant things that don’t seem motivating or exciting to my crazy creative self (like getting up at 6am to pray), I remember this verse from Matthew:
The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” – Matthew 25:23 NLT
If I show up to do my job, He will show up to do His. Plant the seed. Keep praying.