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Are you a tomato?

September 29, 2011 2 comments

I was thinking about tomato plants the other morning. As a child I enjoyed having a go at growing them and have done the same with our kids. There is one outside now which Mia grew, we got about three ripe tomatoes and it’s been good fun! I was thinking about the different stages there is in anything we do for the Lord and comparing this to seeds and the very tender plant that first appears and finally the flowers and fruit. Just hoping to encourage really, wherever we are at.

Firstly all tomatoes have seeds in them. So I don’t know if you have ever thought of yourself as a tomato, but we all have ‘seeds’ inside of us. God has plans, a destiny and different gifts for each one of us. Even if God has not revealed to you anything just yet , while we are waiting we should do whatever is to hand, Ecclesiastes 9:10 ‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might . . .’ Ask God to show you what is ‘to hand’ each day. For example, we all can be blessers or servants to each other. We can all tell our story and what Jesus has done for us. (And it seems we can all reach out and heal the sick as this is in most of the commissions we read in the gospels from Jesus to his disciples – bit of a challenge there for us)

Secondly may be you have just started with something, a bit like the very tender tomato seedling. Often it doesn’t appear as if there is a lot to do and waiting is difficult. Yet the steps you can see coming are going to need courage. Psalm 31:24 ‘Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!’ (ESV). Or ‘hope in the Lord’ in other versions.

Thirdly, what you are doing for the Lord is in no way second class or too small Zechariah 4:10 ‘Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin . . ‘. Also have confidence that any works that God begins he will complete Philipians 1:6 ‘being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun ta good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’.

Final thought: every time you think about your vision or dream, lay it down again before the Lord so it doesn’t become associated with fears or an idol. Get back to that intimacy with the Lord, enjoying Him and Him enjoying you, and then you can pick up your vision again when God shows you it is time for the next step.

Andy

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