I sat down the other morning, coffee and muffin in hand, the sun just shining over the houses across the street, and was hit with the word privilege and what an honour it is to freely get up and read the Word and spend time with God in the morning.
It’s felt like a quiet season, a bit of a dry one. Verses aren’t popping off the page and I don’t hear God’s thundering voice of clarity. It’s a season, and I’m well aware these exist.
But the quietness of this season is a reminder to me that it’s the Holy Spirit that illuminates the Word, teaches, instructs, and counsels. Not that He’s hiding from me, but I know there are just quiet seasons where God is still very present, doing a work, and His Word is growing despite the lack of angel-singing-glory-feeling daily quiet time.
Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
When we read, God’s word is sown in our hearts and minds, like a seed. And some seeds sprout up quickly, and some take much longer to germinate.
I recently planted a garden, and on the package of spinach, it said you could harvest it twice in a normal growing season. It sprouts quickly and you can plant again in our short growing season. Other vegetables, such as corn, are strong and tall, and take longer to germinate and to reach a harvest.
Either way, the seeds are planted and alive as they do their work beneath the soil. My job is to plant, but God’s job is to make it grow (1 Cor 3:6).
So rather than getting frustrated that I don’t always get the outcome I want right away, I am reminded that God’s word is imperishable and is living and abiding in me (1 Peter 1:23). The results? Are up to Him. My job is to show up, and seek to know Him.
I am reminded of the movie Finding Nemo, when the friendly fish Dory keeps singing “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”
Just keep planting. It’s a privilege to do so.
If you’re in a season of quietness with the Lord, despite your efforts to hear Him, take courage. If you have been planting seeds of His Word, it’s alive in you, it’s there, and will come to life in its time. Right when you need it.