Trusting the Rain to Fall

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10-11

This is a picture from my front porch taken almost 2 years ago
Even though it is only late September, my kids are already thinking about snow. Last year we had a very mild winter and for those of us who love the cozy effect which snow brings to winter surroundings, we kind of felt cheated out of a real winter. But, the greater effect left by the lack of snow last year was the near drought that threatened the entire crop season here this year. (We fortunately did get some incredible spring rains, which in some places proved to be too much, and in the end our growing season ended up being very bountiful.)

Looking to heaven for this necessary moisture though is risky business when viewed from a worldly mindset. A more secure watering system is of course one we can control through hoses, pumps, and sprinklers. But, watering done within these manufactured parameters is limited and does not have the same potential of bountifulness as what the rains given from heaven can provide. The farmer who trusts in the rains over his own abilities to provide moisture to his crops may not know what each year's crop will yield, but in trusting in the rains and the snow to water the ground as the seeds in which he places in the soil have need for, he does know he has a greater potential for prosperity than the farmer who is watering his own crops.

It should not surprise us that we crave moisture. The rain and snow which fall to the earth bring refreshment and allow the plants around us to flourish and bring about a landscape of prosperity and contentment. But also, in the same way as we long for watering from heaven in the physical sense, our hearts too long for watering from heaven in the spiritual sense. No matter who we are, there is a longing within our souls to see a harvest come out of our lives. Within each and every human, God has made known to our nature that growth is only possible when watering from an outside source comes into our lives.

The watering source we determine to use though is the main determining factor which effects the prosperity of the land and seeds we have been intrusted to farm and plant. The amount of time we spend watering our own hearts out of our own means leaves us less time to cultivate our hearts and also less time to cultivate new ground and plant seeds in the rest of the fertile places the Lord has given to us to tend in the lives and circumstances around us.

Think about it this way. Say you were a farmer and you planted a garden and installed a sprinkler system so you could control the exact amount of moisture in your garden. Then, unless you had unlimited resources for this garden, which you don't because no farmer does, you would need to make your garden on a small scale because of the massive amount of resources per square foot that such a garden would require. The seeds planted within the garden, although minimal, would produce abundant growth because they would be tended to with great care.

But, in contrast if while you were tending your garden you took the time to look out on the landscape of your entire plot of land, you would find that surrounding your little garden there would be a great lack of prosperous growth. Weeds are sure to have overtaken the land outside your garden due to neglect and although you would have a beautiful little garden that would in essence provide for your own needs, you would live in the middle of a wasteland that saw not prosperity. Your future success as a farmer would not be good, and although you would have enough food to survive on yourself, you would have no crops to share or sell. The land which you had to grow the multitude of seeds you had been given to plant would have been wasted, never given the chance to prosper as they could have if you had not horded your resources and only watered and tended your little garden from your own means.

As I have been writing this, my thoughts have gone to the parable of the talents and so I think I will leave you today with this story that Jesus used to talk about trusting in God to supply for all our needs in growing the seeds of spiritual prosperity He has entrusted each of us to care for and grow in this world. As you read this story I hope you have time to reflect upon whom you are trusting to water what you have been given and if the time and energy you are expending are on the things you must do as the farmer of the seeds you have been given to grow.  The greatest mistake we can make in our lives is to pick and choose the seeds we want to grow in limited areas of our live so we can have complete control over the type of crop we finally produce.  Trusting in God alone to water for us and in all of the land He has set before us is the key to being prosperous, but trust requires us to wait in faith for the rains to come.

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25:14-30

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