Before 2016 began, I thought of a word that would define my year. I had never done this before and wasn’t sure I would ever do it again, but for 2016 it seemed right. The word I chose was “Brave”.
Brave was the perfect word for 2016, so much so that I felt it was pretty much fulfilled after only half the year had passed. I faced fears and stepped out of my comfort zone so many times it was exhausting!
I wasn’t sure I would be doing a word for 2017 but when I thought about it briefly, “Again” came to mind. Hmm.. do “Brave” again? Nope, that wasn’t it. Again is more of an encouragement to keep going. Persistence, don’t grow weary, don’t give up. These are all great, but there was a different aspect to this word that I focused on in my henna design.
Sow the Seed. Again and Again.
In Stepping Up, a Bible Study by Beth Moore, she tells of a time her and her husband visited Angola. Seed is sent into this country so that the people can plant it, but they are so hungry they sometimes eat the seed instead of planting it for an abundant harvest later. What does it take to plant a seed instead of eat it? Patience, and hope.
Beth Moore likens the sowing of seed to the application of Biblical truth in our lives. If I go to church every Sunday and hear the Word spoken to me, I take it in, I swallow it in a sense, gaining spiritual nourishment. I may even be filled to the brim with it and overflowing. But this is not what produces the harvest. Instead of eating the seed, I need sow it. This means I need to apply what I learn. Over and over and over again. This takes patience. Patience in making right decisions every day, knowing it’s going to be more than a few days before I see the harvest. And sowing the seed takes hope. Hope that the harvest is coming if I just don’t give up.Download the PDF here!