Planting Sycamore Trees

It’s that time of year again. (Groan!  Groan!) With the arrival of each New Year, seed catalogues began arriving at my home in Wisconsin.  These four-color masterpieces held promises of springtime when the snow would melt, the days would lengthen and my yard would be lush with a wild array of flowers and my garden with an abundant harvest of fruit, corn and tomatoes.  After mailing in my order I would I eagerly await delivery of the seeds for my dream garden.  Months later I would take my hoe, my brand new, gardening gloves, and my seed packets to the garden along side our house and I would bury my precious “babies” in the rich midwestern soil–never to be seen again! Weeds and crab grass abounded, along with dandelions, always the dandelions, but alas, not the beautiful, wished-for blaze of color for which I dreamed.

Since our relocation to Central California, I’ve raised orange trees–sans fruit; tangerines–a few pithy pieces. Two years ago I planted and faithfully watered two upside-down tomato plants as shown on TV–two  quarter-sized tomatoes.  This year I’m resorting to growing an indoor Gourmet Chia Herb Garden.  This time I’ll succeed!  You wait!  You’ll see!

Do your attempts to plant spiritual seeds ever resemble my experience with physical gardening?  Over the years, you witness for God in your home, neighborhood, at work, and you see no fruit for your efforts.  Surely the person who planted a certain sycamore seed had long since died before Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus.*  Did the Gethsemane gardener ever imagine the Son of God would find solace therein?

Sometimes we don’t see positive results from our labors and grow weary of trying.  We give up, thinking our efforts have been in vain. (My own mother prayed for my dad for 20 years before he gave his heart to Christ.) If you ever feel frustrated with the evidence of your witness, consider God is the God of the Harvest.  Galatians 6:9 KJV “Let us not grow weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, oi we faint not.”

This may work for gardening for the Lord, but in my back yard, I’m not so sure.

*Idea: “planted” by last week’s sermon.


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