Keep On

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:9-10
 
I have always been encouraged by this verse. This week, I’ve used it as a prayer for those affected in Texas by the hurricane. It instantly makes me think of all the displaced families, all the helpers and emergency personnel, the strangers who came from all over to lend a hand in such a tragic time for our brothers and sisters in the south. The outpouring of love that we’ve heard about and seen through pictures and videos has been so encouraging. Humans uniting despite their skin color or political stance. To have something filling our feeds besides politics and crime, has been refreshing to say the least. These poor, dear souls are dealing with extreme conditions that are certain to bring about fatigue and a sense of wanting to just throw in the towel. But they don’t. There have been so many stories and certainly many more to come that tell of the goodness of God in the midst of turmoil and despair. Humans are grabbing at every opportunity to help others every chance they get. It’s a beautiful sight to see that outweighs the sadness. That’s how He works!! What about you though? Maybe you are going through your own personal hurricane that has shaken things up and you are beginning to feel like giving up on fighting the good fight. Don’t you do it! Don’t get weary, tap into your source of strength, Jesus. Remind yourself and your heart that if you just keep sowing, your season of reaping will come. Your “hurricane” may not have you displaced from the comforts of home or wading through waist high waters, but maybe it has you exhausted from caring for a loved one, feeling forgotten, or maybe even invisible. You do and do for others and wonder, “when will it be my time?” Do you believe the Lord when he tells you that if you do not get weary in well doing that your time will come if you just keep pressing forward? Family may not notice your extra care for them, your boss may not recognize the extra time you put in on that project, your spouse may not thank you for doing that tedious chore so they didn’t have too, but just remember, God does see! He sees it all, every little and big effort. He’s the only one that matters and will truly reward you in due season as you continue doing well. Your time is coming, you just keep on keeping on.
Leah Parkin, Sep 2, 2017