Deeper Day 12: The Pain of the Harvest

Recently while running at the track, I was taken into a vision and saw a field that was white for the harvest as far as the eye could see.  Then God spoke to me, “Your fields are white for the harvest.”  Next, I saw myself crouched on the ground wearing gloves with the fingers cut out of them and I was picking cotton.  My hands were sore, and my fingers kept getting pricked and were bleeding, but still I continued to harvest the cotton.  I said to God, “The harvest has been so painful and hard.  Will it ever get better?”  I heard, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world.”  The next part was the most interesting part…

Simultaneously, as I remembered that God had said I’m in a season of learning to ask Him for specific requests, I said, “God, will my crop ever change? Can it change and be easier for a while?”  The field then changed completely to wheat.  Big beautiful stalks of wheat were blowing in the wind as the sun shone all around them.  Then I saw the machinery come out to harvest the wheat for me.  I only had to drive it.  The feeling of relief I had was far greater than you could ever comprehend.

Friends, I feel like sometimes we get so accustomed to living out certain struggles that we are uncooperative or unaware of God’s willingness to carry our burden.  In fact, I truly believe sometimes we completely reject His assistance because we don’t know how to not struggle.

I’m going to let that last statement sink in for a moment…..Go back and read it again.

Our holiness is not defined by an abundance or lack of struggle.  Our holiness rests solely in Jesus.  Believing anything else is setting ourselves up to worship a false idol.  The idols of poverty and struggle are so huge in the church, and to be frank, it’s complete nonsense.  Also, the idols of wealth and influence can become the same thing.  Now, don’t mistake what I’m saying….money is not evil, but when it replaces our trust in God, it’s an idol.  Likewise, having one or some seasons of struggle doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done anything wrong.  If you’re in a season that seems full of struggle, continue to check in with Abba to make sure you’re still on the right path and if you are, then embrace joy in the struggle.  Ask Him for His strength in your weakness.  Don’t forget it’s all about relationship.

In our family’s desire to listen and follow God in whatever He brings our way, to many it would seem, our life has failed.  Some may even wonder if we “heard wrong”.  But what I know is that as He’s led us places, He’s laid each brick out before us to step on.  Only we know how much our family has sought God’s face together and has sought to hear in each situation.  Only we know how much we have sacrificed to follow.  It’s all been about Him.  Teaching our kids to know Him and trust Him completely.  There’s no greater lesson.

Prayer Moment:  Lord, give me strength for this moment.  It’s been such a long road and I’m weary, but still I choose trust.  You are mine forever and I will follow You with all of my heart, no matter what.  All I have is Yours.  I release my fears and doubts to You.  God, come be strength inside my heart.  I adore You. In Jesus name, Amen.

I lift my eyes up to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  Psalm 121:1

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One Who sustains me.  Psalm 54:4