Prophetic Words and Vegetable Seeds
Towards the end of the summer, I developed a slight obsession with planting seeds and gardening! I planted all different types of vegetables and herbs in our garden without actually paying much attention to the instructions about the timings of their individual ‘sewing season’s.’ Within a few weeks, all these seeds started to grow, completely to my shock and horror as I hadn’t held out much hope for them to germinate as the instructions advised planting the seeds at the beginning of the summer!
Sometimes we can have the right seeds but haven’t got the right timing to bring out the potential in the plant. That doesn’t mean the seed wont grow into what it is supposed to be, it just means that its growth will be slower than what it would’ve been if it was planted in the right season. It now means that my little seedlings have a battle to endure, growing through hardship in the midst of harsh winter frosts, winds and storms from an early age. It also means they will need extra protection and maintenance to make sure they don’t die prematurely and make it through to their appointed season.
God has made everything beautiful in it’s time
Have you ever experienced a delay or a change of timetable whilst waiting on a train? Sometimes we can be eagerly anticipating the arrival of something but have not tuned into the right timetable. We can be waiting for the right train, going in the right direction to our destination but have simply read the timetable wrong.
I am waiting for many things in my life to come to pass, some are short term others are long term waits. One or two of them make me so frustrated and upset just thinking about them that it brings me to tears regularly. Waiting on God to breakthrough into your promises and hopes can sometimes be agonising to watch and leaves you feeling utterly powerless to do anything about it. So how do we deal with it?
Embracing the wait
All through the Bible we see examples of great Biblical heroes and characters waiting on the seeds of promise, some of them are planted too early (Ismael), others in their perfect season (Issac). For the purposes of this blog, I want to focus on Jesus who was the perfect representation of a Kingdom seed being planted at its appointed time and season. The Fathers perfect will was to release Jesus into His ‘season of fruitfulness’ when He was 30 years old. What Jesus accomplished in the next three years changed the course of eternity forever and tore the veil of what was familiar for all mankind to enter boldly into the throne of grace as Sons and Daughters of the King of Heaven.
But what did Jesus do before that? We don’t know much about these ‘missing years’ all we do know is that
“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people.”Luke 2:52
This little verse has baffled me since I first read it five years ago! If Jesus who is the perfect Son of our Father had to grow in wisdom, stature and favour with God and men then so must we! The Hebrew word for ‘stature’ actually means to grow into maturity, to develop your own roots and in a spiritual sense it means to become strong in Godly character and identity and grow into your confidence as an adopted child of Heaven.
Character and calling
In order to embrace your destiny and walk out the scroll assigned for your in Heaven, you have to be willing to grow in wisdom, spiritual maturity and favour with God firstly and the people around you secondly. Even Jesus had to be moulded by His Father, be attuned to His voice, learn the Torah, serve His community and keep the laws of the land.
The purpose of the season of waiting is to develop Godly character to carry the call He has assigned for you with humility, grace, mercy and integrity. It is in this season that God cuts off dead branches and the things that aren’t bearing any fruit in your life and grows and nurtures new branches and buds. I’ve been through an intense season of pruning the last few years. God has stripped me right down to my core and renewed my mind with His word, removed all the lies I believed about myself, has torn down the strongholds of my fears, healed all the wounds from the traumas of my past and has crucified my flesh and taught me how to surrender to His will no matter what the cost through obedience, trust and loving Him more than I love my life.
Don’t take shortcuts
Proverbs 9:10 Tells us that ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.’ What this simply means is that in order to grow in wisdom we first must come before God in reverential awe and wonder. We must cultivate His presence in prayer, get to know His character is in His word and be guided by His Holy Spirit into all truth and knowledge. It’s in this place of building our relationship and trust in God that He reveals our giftings and calling as He is developing our Godly character to carry it out here on earth. There are no shortcuts. It takes hard work, dedication and perseverance!!
As you progress in this journey and as God is teaching you your giftings, He begins to setup a room around you and then increases the favour on your life with the people around you who then open up doors of opportunity to release you into what you were created for. You cannot walk out somebody else’s call or wear someone else shoes! You were not created to stand in the shadow of another persons light, God has uniquely called you with a plan for your future that will bring hope to so many peoples lives! But we must first learn to seek His face and grow accustomed to His ways before we walk into the fullness of what He has for us.
Don’t Quit! It will be worth it!
I’m really, really, really bad at waiting. That is the honest truth. Patience is not something that comes naturally to me at all. I want everything done yesterday with little to no obstructions or issues at all. That is unfortunately not the way the Kingdom of Heaven works! Waiting on the appointed time for God to do what He has promised is really hard to bear! Especially if you’ve read His timetable wrong and have struggled with disappointment and discouragement as a result of planting your seed to early!
Maybe like my little plants outside you are being battered by the storms of adversity and are struggling to hold onto the seed of promise that He gave you in the first place! When this happens we automatically start to become frozen in the frost of doub and unbelief that we even heard God speak in the first place! We allow the fierce and howling winds of fear and anxiety to come in and knock us about until the easiest way out is to just let that promise die and walk away from the very thing God has asked you to do!
I am telling you today beloved ones of God, DO NOT QUIT!!! “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”Galatians 6:9
For all you know, the very thing you have been battling through could be the thing that is causing a complex root structure to be formed to keep you steady for your future! Embrace the season of waiting you are in! When the spring has come, and the peaceful song of the turtledoves are heard in the land that God has promised to you, it will be worth the wait and the battles you have endured to bear the fruit of the promises of Heaven.