Not a failure

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Thoughts as I was reading through Mark 4, as these words jumped off the page for me in light of the events that started this blog.

“And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” Mark 4:16–17

Not a failure

It looks like failure.
It feels like failure.
But does that make it failure?

My logic is faulty.
My heart is weak.
My eyes need correction.

We sowed.
We spoke.
We cared.
We loved.

We sowed some more.
Not knowing what was in store.

God watered.
Seeds took root.
Others were thrown back at us.

God watered some more.
Surface seeds didn’t take.
Young, fragile roots went deeper.

We sowed more.
The Word caused division.
Persecution came.
Tribulation rained down.

Some turned against,
But those young roots became strong.

They stand.
They face the wind.
They forge ahead.
They take it on the chin.

They are the blessed ones.

It looks like failure.
It feels like failure.

But their standing is witness to
Powerful grace at work.

Seeds that took root.
Seeds that bring God glory.

Seeds that stand in spite of persecution.
Seeds that did not fail.

That doesn’t sound like failure.
When will it stop feeling like failure?

One comment

  1. Failure is so often the language of devils. It maybe what the heart screams when it is breaking, what the mind defaults to when it will not stop spinning. The word of God can not return void. But where does it ultimate return to? Him, not us.

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