Lord of the Harvest
"When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and help- less), like sheep without a shepherd.Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.’" Matthew 9:36–38 (amp)
What do you do when you get overwhelmed with all the people who need help, guidance, love? I wish I could say that I turn all my thoughts toward Jesus and lay my concerns at His feet. I do that often, but only after I’ve worried, schemed and stayed up half the night trying to figure out how to help the most amount of people with my limited time and resources. I wish during these moments Jesus was bigger in my view than my problems.
Last year, I prepared to launch a program for needy teens in the inner city. The number of teens who needed help overwhelmed me, yet I knew I couldn’t help them on my own. I also knew that if my heart was breaking, Jesus’ heart was too.
“Dear Lord, you are the Lord of the harvest,” I prayed. “Jesus, You care more than I do. I pray for laborers for Your harvest.”
One by one I met up with people willing to help. One lady read about the group from an email posting. Another woman was a foster mother to a teen in need and wanted to assist us. I also spoke to a group of moms, and four of the women there stepped forward to help. In the end, ten women and men joined me as leaders. They were loving, dedicated and passionate about Jesus. If I had interviewed people for years I couldn’t have stumbled upon such a committed group, yet Jesus brought them to me. He knew my heart, He knew theirs and He joined our efforts to reach more teens for His glory.
I’m learning that I don’t have to try to figure everything out. Instead I simply need to turn to Jesus, who already has the answer.
FAITH STEP: If you could start a program to reach out to the harassed, distressed, dejected and helpless, what type of program would it be? Ask Jesus to show you what the first step in starting that program would look like.
Written by Tricia Goyer
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