Blog #13

It rained today for the first time in weeks and I for one am glad. Don't misunderstand me, I've loved the clear blue skies and the warmth of the sun just recently but I really needed some rain because I've been planting seeds; cabbage, Swiss chard, parsnip, beetroot, cauliflower and pumpkin. I know, it's impressive isn't it? Well, at least for me it is as I'm not a gardener as such but I decided that we could do with becoming a little more self-sufficient food-wise considering the length of the queues for supermarkets at the moment.

That said, it's been hard work. Ive had to dig down deep and sieve the earth to remove the multitude of stones and pepples that lurk beneath the surface. And then there's been the channel-digging, sowing, weeding and occasional watering. But today it rained and it all suddenly felt easier.

In the Old Testament, some 500 years before the time of Jesus, Haggai the prophet brought a message of hope to a group of people weary of trying to re-establish a community of faith in a harsh political and physical landscape. The job of a prophet is to be a intermediary, someone who passes on to the people what God wants them to know, and in this case God had some words of encouragement for these discouraged people; 'But now, all you people of the land take courage. Take courage, and work; for I am with you'. (Haggai 2:4)

I'm glad it rained today because the seeds I worked hard to plant will now stand a much better chance of developing and bearing some 'fruit' but I have no idea how seeds grow. It's quite miraculous to me if I'm honest. However, in just the same way, as we sow seeds of faith by attending to the work God has set before us to do God then brings this effort to life by the power of His Holy Spirit. And, of course, similarly, I don't understand how God's Spirit is able to achieve what looks impossible to me. But God simply wants me to be involved in the whole exercise when He says, 'work, for I am with you'.

You may ask how did I decide what to plant in the first place? Well, I planted what I thought I and my family would like to eat and very often God will ask us the same question: 'what would you like to plant for the Kingdom?'