Your harvest is coming, sooner than you think.
My cousin stopped by my house today on a quick errand. I was working in what I like to call “the creative corner” where I often sit and write. She popped her head in and said: Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep being obedient to what God has called you to do. Keep planting seeds. Your harvest is coming. Sooner than you think.
A few hours later, I paid it forward and wrote those words to a friend going through a very difficult season. She is staring in the face of what seems to be the impossible. Except God intervene, all will be lost. So without question we can be confident that God is going to intervene.
I know it is discouraging and it doesn’t seem like it right now, but God is going to make a way where there appears to be no way.
When we have exhausted all human effort and are staring in the face of impossibility, we feel the least confident. We are often the most afraid, the most full of doubt when impossibilities are before us.
Yet the place of impossibility is also that sacred place of God revealing to you his ability.
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5
These were Job’s words to the Lord after having lost everything. He couldn’t see his way clear. And then God spoke, and everything changed. Job received new sight, a renewed perspective on what is true.
It’s under the covering of darkness that we meet Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner. His name becomes a very personal testimony within us. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, we run to it and find safety. (Prov. 18:10)
I met Jehovah Nissi in the midst of the grief and turmoil of leaving my career of twelve years, losing my Aunt Cynthia and leaving my home – all within the span of a single year. But it was there I found out that The Lord My Banner had gone before me. It was there that I fell into the arms of Jehovah Rophe and discovered The Lord is My Healer. I sat there at the table of Jehovah Jireh, and received from The Lord My Provider.
My ears had heard of him but now my own eyes have seen him.
The thing is, when you’re in the middle of the battle you don’t realize who has gone before you. You don’t yet know that the Alpha and Omega is leading you – the One who sees the end from the beginning has beckoned you. In the middle of pain, your vision is cloudy.
Yet the Lord of Eternity is releasing to you new sight.
You were made to peer into the unseen. You were created to live in the now but not yet reality of the Kingdom of God. You were made to stand in the Word of the Lord that always creates and never returns void. Everything Creator God says, he does.
Heaven and earth will pass away but his word will never pass away. (Matt. 24:35)
I could never have foreseen how God would restore all that was lost. And he’s not finished yet.
He gave me a new job and called it Unveiled. Truth be told, I came kicking and screaming. Because the unveiling began within me – a stripping bare (I mean naked y’all!) of all that I cling to that isn’t worthy of my clinging. Let me be clear to say, this is an ongoing daily work!
In the passing of Aunty Cynthia, I received the gift of my voice as a writer again. Somehow her death resurrected this passion in me to write. I began with a tribute to her sitting at the little office nook in my condo, and the floodgates opened. Literally. A torrent of tears and words flowed to become a blog, now devotional booklet Walk With Me.
In the invitation to leave my home for a season, God made it a haven for tenants I would have never otherwise known. These precious sojourners have shared how my home was a “house of healing” for them, offering prayers of gratitude for “this little sanctuary.” Say what?!? Our God is a Redeemer y’all!
And then just because he can, Jesus gave me a new home at the Chapel. This beautiful chapel in the woods became my personal sanctuary and home to Unveiled.
Your harvest is coming. Sooner than you think.
I know. It’s hard to believe it now, but you will reap a harvest. I know the struggles are real. They are gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. But God is going to restore all the years the locusts have eaten in your life (Joel 2:25). This is who He is – the God who Restores all things.
Friends, get ready for harvest time. It is upon you. Taste and see that the Lord our God is good. (Ps. 34:8)