As a wife and mother of three small children, I am in a season of sowing. This a wonderful time, filled with laughter and adventure and the joy that only a house bustling with little people can bring. This season requires love and sacrifice as we pour into the lives of the children God has blessed us with. But this season is one of anticipation. We do not see many immediate results; in may regards, our harvest may be years away.
In reality, these are very long days. Most
days are full of much joy, but these days are also filled with lots of
caring, lots of discipline, lots of schooling, lots of training, little
sleep, little reaping of sowing. There are so many precious moments
with my little loves, but this season has also shown me lots of sin in
myself, lots of sin in my children, and a very keen awareness of the
need that we each have for a Savior.
children are only 5, 3 and 1. The truth is, I am just at the beginning
of this season of life, and it can be easy for me to be discouraged as I
consider living out these long days for the next ten to fifteen years or
longer. Discouragement leads to weariness, and weariness leads to
discontentment. Fear finds its way into my heart as I look ahead at the
years that are to come, wondering if I can possibly remain faithful to
this tremendous task that the Lord has called me to.
Will I possibly have the strength to persevere through these years?
Is this investment worth the sacrifice?
I am not seeing any change in my children. Am I doing this right? What am I doing wrong?
How do I know that I will one day reap a harvest?
Our heavenly Father desires to encourage us in this season. He
has so many wonderful promises in his Word to help us keep our focus on
Him and His purposes during the years of investing in our children.
Corinthians 9:6-8 says, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will
also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. [. . .] And God is able to make all grace abound to you so
that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound
in every good work."
Also, Galatians 6:7-9 reminds us of the Lord's faithfulness:
not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he
also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh
reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit
reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due
season we will reap, if we do not give up."
Let us hold fast to the promises of our God! Let us sow
bountifully in the hearts of our children because our God promises that
we will reap what we sow! And he is faithful to provide all of the
grace, all of the energy, all of the wisdom, and all of the strength to
pour ourselves out into our most precious little gifts.