I went out and dug up a Rosebud tree for Lisa's birthday, and replanted it in the yard. It is in some good soil, and I used a solution to help stimulate the root, to make it grow. By last night some of the leaves looked really bad, and this morning, some are better, but some still look bad. We had a trickle of water running on it all night. We have done everything we can to help that tree grow, but I realize I cannot make it survive, only God can. Our relationships with each other, and our growth as believers are like that tree. We can nurture it all we can, stimulate it in ways, which are all good, but only God can make it grow. Scripture says: "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything but only God who give the growth. Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his labor. For we are God's coworkers. You are God's field, God's building." 1 Corinthians 3:7-9 We, at times struggle over another's faith, and feel like a failure if they don't become like us. But let's learn the object lesson of the replanted tree. We can plant ( we can witness); We can water ( we can pray for and help teach), but only God can stimulate growth within a person's heart. So don't stop witnessing just because you think you are not doing any good, because you don't see growth. That's not your department. Your purpose is to sow a seed, or water a sown seed, and you will do well to keep that up. But then turn the rest over to the Lord, for He is the One who will cause growth. He is the One whose mystery will stimulate life in the very depths that will cause us to grow and become more like Him.
Lord, I pray for this teacher (Anthony)with brain cancer; for Barbara, Loren, Jackie Ann, Cynthia, Speros, Gary, David, Bud, Denise, Jim and James, Pete, Carlie, Mike S., Carolyn, Amber, Brad, Sue, Kim, a child with Lyme, the family of a soldier killed in battle. one who lost a loved one to a car accident on their way to work. Lord, for our loved ones and missionaries in far away places, please touch them. I pray that we will lift You in praises for You alone will cause growth, or regrowth. You are Lord! I pray to You, through the precious and matchless name of Jesus.