SUNDAY: 17th June, 2018
Reference text: Mark 4:26-34
Mark 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
The term ‘expectant mother’ carries more meaning than just a pregnant woman near the time of giving birth. When one considers a pregnant woman, even in the first trimester, some go clothes shopping, start picking out possible names and planning the things they want to do when their child is all grown up. That connotes nine months of advance planning and waiting. Likewise, a farmer thinks of how to nurture his crops and harvest, even at the time of seed sowing.
Thus, as I thought of this period of WAITING, the question that came to mind was: what kind of waiting do we do because ones attitude during waiting is dependent on the kind of waiting. In both examples above, we see EXPECTANT waiting: waiting that bears in mind that everything will turn out for the best and that God, who gives the increase, has ones interest at heart.
There is also the alternative kind of waiting which is ANXIOUS waiting- the kind that seems to expect the worst to happen: that should not be the hallmark of the believer. Beloved, even though a farmer only has a vague idea of what the season will be or what goes on in the soil after planting is done, he makes plans ahead of time- that is expectation. Something we can all learn.
Remember # Every planter of seed does so knowing that He has no control over its growth and all he can really do is wait. But in waiting, let not do so in anxiety, but with great expectation.