Reference text: Matthew 13:1-23
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
The readings of today focus on a very interesting subject matter: the principle of expectation. We can describe the sower as one who went out with the intention to just sow his seed hence his earnest desire will be to have the seeds he sows not only spring forth, but also produce a good yield- that is the expectation of the sower.
In a similar way, God through the prophet Isaiah also gives us a gist into what he expects when he sends forth his word- just like the rains, He wants a fulfilment of its purpose before it returns to him. It therefore feels as though each main character in today’s readings has something to look forward to. The question to us is therefore straight forward – what are your expectations going into any endeavour?
I have sat in numerous seminars and talks, many of which the speakers begin with the question ‘do you have your own expectations even as you listen to this message?’ Their reason, pretty simple: When you have set expectations, you are inclined to seek avenues and processes that will ensure those expectations are met because only then will you be truly satisfied.
Regardless of the massive positivity that accompanies having big expectations, one can also be disappointed as the sower only reaped returns from one out of the four places his seed fell. One will not have a smooth sailing ride to having all their expectations met, however, it isn’t the number of fails that matter, but the fact that in the end, your expectations will be met if you hold on to them.
Remember # there will be heartbreaks, disappointments, some struggles and probably a few tears but the expectations of the righteous, shall never be cut short.