I recently had a tree cut down in my backyard. The tree was right above the water tap area and everytime I needed to use the tap, I felt something would fall on me…LOL. So I had it cut down.
Watching the process of cutting it down was very intense. The young man was using an axe and mehn, it took a while and a whole lot of effort. He started out slowly at first, and then the pace got faster, but it didn’t seem like the action was having any serious impact on the tree. After a very long while, and intense perspiration, the tree finally came down. Logging it out of the house was another matter entirely. (Gist for another day:-)
As I watched this whole scenery play out, it occurred to me this big tree started from a seed. A TINY SEED! This tree that took hours to come down, at some point was simply a seed. Today it had become this giant that required so much effort to pull down. WOW! Remember Jesus words in Luke 13:18-19;
18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large[a] tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
This is the power and potential of a seed, when sown in the right condition, what it could grow to be. This tiny seed had over the years grown to become the huge tree. I thought of the “Seeds” I had sown and desired to sow in my life, and the power of what they could become, and I was encouraged and strengthened.
A little while after that, I came across this article from Joyce Meyers Amplified Bible, and it spoke to my thoughts on the tree.
SMALL THINGS LEAD TO BIG THINGS- JOYCE MEYER
As I look back on the early days of my ministry, I can remember “the day of small things (Zechariah 4:10), which would have been so easy to despise! When I first started out, my meetings would draw just a handful of people, maybe fifty at the most. It is just as hard to preach to fifty, as it is to preach to five thousand, so I had to put the same amount of time and effort into my lessons then as I do now.
When my ministry team started travelling, we needed a vehicle to transport all our equipment and all of the team. The first van we bought cost twenty-six hundred dollars. It had bald tires and rust spots on it. We would leave our hometown and drive to a little town several hours away, where there would be 70 to 125 people in attendance at our meeting.
Since we did not have enough money to spend the night in a motel, we would drive back home that same evening after the services had ended. We would usually get back about three o’clock in the morning. On the way home we would get so tired we would have to pull off on the side of the road and get ten or fifteen minutes of sleep before driving on.
Those days frustrated me while I was living them, but now I see their value. They were important because they were times of preparation for the greater days the Lord knew lay ahead. I sincerely belive Joyce Meyer Ministries would not have grown to the point of reaching the number of people it does today, if we had not been faithful enough to press through those early hardships. We need to remember that God anointed David to be king long before he actually became king, and David was tested in many ways while he waited. Patience must be tested, humility must be manifested, and faith must grow. Only after we pass our tests do we get promoted into the next level of what God has in mind for us.
I hate to see people give up in the hard time and never get to enjoy the fruit of all their labours. Starting an endeavor is easy, but finishing it is much harder. In the beginning, we are excited, and usually people give us all kinds of enthusiastic support. But as the days go by and the “great and glorious cause” becomes a matter of daily, consistent hard work, often we are left with nobody to urge us on, except God and ourselves.
That is when we have to decide if we are going to see it through to the finish. That is when we have to realise everything we are going through at the moment one day will pass, and we will enjoy the fruit of our labours. In the meantime, we need to enjoy where we are while we are on the way to where we are going and be sure to appreciate small things.
Have an amazing December, it’s the last and the best month of the year. I truly believe God has saved the best for last. #DontForgetToRemember Psalm 65:11 (AMP)
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
GOD BLESS YOU!