It happens every spring: the frozen ground begins to thaw and tiny bits of green begin poking through the surface. By the time we get to this point in the season it’s almost as if we had begun to wonder if winter would ever end! Is everything dead? Will we ever see signs of life out in our yard? It’s sort of like ministry. We go through seasons where we don’t see any growth or progress. We work and pray and hope for people to be added to our number, for lives to be changed, for our churches to grow, but it seems as if there is no life to be found. We look at social media and see pictures of record numbers in attendance and 5,286 baptisms in other churches, and we wonder why God doesn’t seem to be working in our own ministry.
But the truth is: God is always working- sometimes we just have to look a little closer to see it.
Do you see that man who unassumingly mows the yards of his elderly neighbor ladies? What about that mom who brings her toddler to Sunday School despite the fact that her husband chooses to sleep in on Sundays? See the empty-nester couple who brings that neighbor kid to church and then treats her to a milkshake afterwards? And look, there’s an older lady who babysits for a young couple struggling to find time for their marriage with all those children running around. The woman who faithfully prays for her pastor, the teenager reading her Bible at the lunch table at school, the business owners who give away more product than they sell… those are signs of life. God is working. Most of the beauty is just below the surface, but it’s there.
So be encouraged! There is hope! These little acts of goodness don’t happen naturally- they are supernatural! Take some time today to look a little closer at the people in your ministry. Find that proof that God is working, and hang on to that hope!
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.