This is one of my favorite Bible verses, because it gives keeps my spirits buoyant:
Do you know what my favorite words are in this verse? Here they are – “at the proper time”.
When you plant a seed and water it, the harvest is inevitable. Also, when you plant a seed, you have some sense of what to expect for the harvest, but you never really know how long it will take, or how abundant the crop will be.
If I read this verse correctly and apply it to my life wisely, I understand that the Lord has some good things in store for me when I align myself with His will and purposes. And just like it takes time for the seed to break soil, it may take a little bit longer for me to realize my harvest than I would like.
The other thing is this: the Lord may have a very different appreciation of what the word “harvest” means in my life. Given my human nature, I tend to focus on practical needs and desires, but the Lord looks at things very differently. My circumstances may not change much, but the harvest that I am in the process of cultivating – greater wisdom, discernment, and trust in Him – may be precisely what He has in mind.
Or it could be something totally different – God certainly has knocked my spiritual socks off more than once! He certainly seems to enjoy the element of surprise. 🙂
Regardless of what the harvest may or may not be, my task is to not give up, continue doing good, and believe that my harvest is coming – at the proper time, that is.
Dear Lord, You know that this is one of my favorite verses. So often I find myself feeling weary, yet promises like this one from Galatians 6 anchor my thinking, reminding me that You have the power to change anything at a moment’s notice – at “the proper time,” that is.
Thank You for this reminder that Your timing is perfect, and that Your plans are always for the good. The harvest (whatever You determine is best for me on this side of eternity) is coming! Help me to do as this verse suggests – remain hopeful and optimistic, fully trusting in You, Your character, and Your plans. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.