On Tuesday night, I had a hankering for some ice cream. But, alas, the freezer was bare. So I went to the grocery store to buy a carton.
After spending some time deciding on what I wanted, I took it to the check out line, scanned it and paid for it. As I was picking up the bag to leave, I saw a guy getting in line after me...or so I thought.
He then spoke to me. I don’t know who he is exactly, but he started talking to me. But what he said was the memorable part.
He said he just wanted to thank me again for a fantastic VBS and that his kids were still singing the songs and anxious to attend next year!
The rest of his family then caught up with him (apparently he’d hurried to be sure to catch me). His kids were fairly young and didn’t seem to recognize me exactly - probably because I didn’t have my ring master hat on - but they waved at me, I waved at them and went home with my ice cream.
I know sometimes we get frustrated and feel things like VBS and Friend’s Day, for example, fail to achieve the desired result in our own eyes. Perhaps they don’t from our perspective...but maybe they do from God’s perspective.
In 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 Paul writes these words:
6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
My point is that we just need to keep planting and watering the seed: that is our job. The seed will eventually take root and grow: that is God’s job. He is faithful, He will give the increase!