Jesus gave this wonderful parable about sowing seeds:
“The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)
It took me several years to gain this concept. As a messenger and seed sower one gets into the scattering of seeds. It is a normal desire to want to ‘see’ what grows from the seeds one has scattered. There is first just a little sprout, then a tiny plant and it grows and is formed into a mature plant. Then its harvest time!
What took me so long to understand was that fact that many times we do not get to see what grows from the seeds we have sown. It does not mean they did not grow. It means we have to leave them to grow or not grow according to the will of the Lord and other people. As time as zip-lined along I have had to be satisfied with the sowing and not the growing. “The seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.” That’s the way it is for some of us.
“And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.” Jesus