“So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”
— I Corinthians 3:7 (NASB)
My dad worked for Sears. That meant in the 1960s and 1970s, he was transferred from store to store, assignment to assignment, as he climbed the corporate ladder. My parents bought new houses in San Antonio, Lubbock and Arlington.
Back then, the builder did not install grass and a couple of tall trees, as many do now.
So we tore up a rectangle of sod and planted small squares, hoping they would meet one day across the yard, and we’d have a green carpet of beautiful curb-to-porch grass.
We babied the runners and watered the tiny twigs that were supposed to be trees. It was my job to pull weeds between the squares.
But it seemed that Dad would get transferred again before we ever had a chance to mow.
Once we were passing through the Alamo City, and we decided to go see the house.
We barely recognized it. Mature trees provided shade, and the little tiny begonias that had dotted the cement planter were bushy.
Our lives as Christians are like that.
We often move on before we get to see how God uses our acts of love, our gifts of assistance and the Bible lessons we teach. We may never know how being kind to someone resulted. We may never know how a word aptly spoken kept a person from despair.
Our job is to be obedient. That may mean pulling the weeds out of someone’s life, so he or she can understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. If being obedient means planting saplings of hope and trust, then we must do it and have faith the trees will grow.
Dad, the ultimate Sears Man, used to pronounce, “The Customer is Always Right.”
In this case, our customer is God, and we can follow His landscaping plan, even if it seems the squares of grass are not meeting up soon enough for us to mow.
So in terms of figurative fertilizer, let me encourage you to keep doing, keep going and keep the faith … even if you don’t see any results … yet.
“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX-CBS19.