WELS Women's Ministry
Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod
2929 Mayfair Road
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4398
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God, the Master Gardener
As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10,11
Have you started planning your next garden? Do you know which seeds you want to grow? Perhaps. Do you know which seeds will actually grow? Of course not! Many of us have learned that a certain seed’s success depends on variables beyond our control—how long the ground remains frozen in spring, how much the sun shines, how much it rains, and so on. I’ve even heard of people who planted “dud” seeds one year that grew unexpectedly the following year. In our lives we may have plans for what we want our work to accomplish, but it is God who directs the outcome to accomplish his own purposes.
This passage from Isaiah is a blessing to us in two beautiful ways. First, we learn that when we speak God’s Word to others—no matter what measurement our verbal gifts or spiritual maturity—God will accomplish with his Word what he will. This takes the pressure off us to be as eloquent as Peter or Paul, so we can be free to speak, even if we are more like Moses or Jeremiah.
Secondly, God has the ability to make even a light sprinkling of gospel cause the receiver to “bud and flourish.” If we are concerned that we are not reaching as many people as deeply as we think we should, remember that God is the one who stretched a little bread and fish to feed the population of a small city. In the same way he can stretch even the tiniest bit of his message shared with others.
We may intentionally plant certain seeds of faith, but we never know how, when, or which seeds God will cause to grow in the person who receives it. Keep planting and watering, my sisters, for our Almighty God is the Master Gardener.
Thank you, Lord, that we are free to scatter faith-seeds and water them, and that you will make them bud and flourish. Thank you that success does not depend on our ability, but on your almighty power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.