For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. -Isaiah 55:10-11 (NKJV)
I’m typing this a little past midnight as I wait with my mother for the funeral services staff to come and collect my father’s body.
Yesterday, my father’s condition quickly declined, and he was taken to the emergency room, and then the intensive care unit of the hospital. After the seemingly interminable wait to get him situated in his room, the doctor told us it would be just hours. He was put on a norepinephrine drip to keep his body functioning till my brother and uncle could arrive.
In following God’s lead to take the opening He presented for me to witness to my father, He used me to sow the seed of His Word. Though my father rejected my witness at the time, only he and God know whether the seed grew in him so he would accept Jesus.
So while it’s true that, in the moment, my father did not immediately take to the seed, God’s Word would bear fruit. As is often the case, I may not understand how and when it will, but God’s Word will yield fruit in seasons to come. For me and other agents, this is a tough season, but God will most certainly use these times for the good of His children, as we have seen over and over in Scripture…and as we will see in our own lives in hindsight.
I write this to testify that God, whether directly or through fellow agents, continues to teach us, especially in tough times, if we listen and look for Him. He shows me that sometimes what I want will be aligned with what He has willed, and sometimes what I want isn’t. But, His Word and the outcome of His will are surer bets than anything of this world.