I have spent a good chunk of my life around the desert. The first time I got posted out to these places I thought that nothing could ever live here nevertheless thrive. The gidgee tree and spinifex grass are the only things that will even try and grow in the driest places. Even they sometimes can’t get a hold.
I stayed long enough to see the first rains in an area for seven years and it was only a sprinkle overnight that didn’t even settle the dust. It lasted maybe 30 minutes. It was a very short lasting celebration!
But to my greatest surprise I woke up to a different planet altogether. The photograph shows similar country just after such a rain! Wow where did all the flowers and plants come from?? You could have knocked me down with a feather. Pure sand to an explosion of colour. As a stranger to those parts I did not realise that the ground was already loaded with seeds ready to go at a moment’s notice. The ground although rocky or just sand was actually extremely fertile. All it needed was the right conditions, that is a sprinkling of rain and bang an explosion of growth over night. It was my first lesson on not to judge things by appearances and past experiences.
Now let’s look at something else that has troubled me in the past. In John 4:1-45 Jesus stands and looks over some traditionally very hard ground that had a strained relationship with the Jews and states: “34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.” (ESV)
Again in Luke 10:2 Jesus states: “He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (NIV).
The meaning of Christ’s words eluded me as I looked over my “Hard Ground” until one day I realised that the Holy Spirit has been hard at work filling this place with good seed and fertile soil, I just can’t see it until it receives the right conditions. That is you have to make yourself available and vulnerable to “sprinkle” a little of the good news of Jesus Christ around and the harvest will ripen before your eyes.
The harvest is plentiful; it is the workers that are few. I think mostly they do not realise the task actually falls to them and secondly when they do realise it then they cannot see the seeds’ potential hidden in the hard ground and get discouraged too soon... That is just what the enemy wants you to do! Look with Christ’s eyes and see the flowers everywhere and not the desert sand the enemy wants you to see. Just Do Something! Anything! Trust His words and see the sea of new life before you grow! If you want to know more just contact us, we will be happy to help you.