Sow a Seed

I was struck by the realization of the thousands of seeds of prayer that have resulted in me being where I am today. If “every prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but it eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations”, then think about all the prayers that have been prayed over each of us in this family. Dad and I are the results of the hours of prayer for us from our grandparents and parents – very specific ones and general ones faithfully prayed day after day – that God would protect us, that He would bring Godly spouses into our lives, that His purpose would be accomplished for acceptance into medical school, that we would successfully pass all the tests that were necessary to continue, that we would be directed and accepted into residency programs in the same city, that our practices would flourish, that we would find a church to connect and grow, and on and on. Then when you all joined the family, the prayers for you started and continue to this day. Where each of you are is a direct result of the prayers from your great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents – your children and future children will be shaped by those prayers as well.

It is human nature to want to see immediate answers but that is not always the plan in God’s kingdom. And continuing with the agriculture theme, it takes work to till the soil, recognize and get rid of weeds, apply the right fertilizer – think of all the commercials during IU games 🙂

As Pastor Batterson states, “We need the patience of the planter, the foresight of the farmer, and the mind-set of the sower” I am determined to resist the temptation to stop planting seeds of prayer and persevere with specific and God-directed prayers of faith expecting God to bring the harvest of blessing to me and to future generations.

Opportunities

We can’t plan God-ordained opportunities. All we can do is seize them.  As I read the section today I couldn’t help but realize that one of Pastor Batterson’s mantra prayers was answered when Ben listened to his podcast several months ago. Thanks Ben for seizing the opportunity and for now challenging us to immerse in this prayer challenge.  Today my prayer is that our eyes will be opened to the opportunities that God has ordained. Love you all!