Planting Seeds

This week a 21-year-old young woman whom I hadn't seen in 9 months sat across from me at Starbucks. She was a student at Salem High School when I was a Young Life leader there and we were  getting together to catch up....or so I thought. 

"Do you know why I wanted to meet up with you?," she asked me. 

I thought for a minute. Did she want a job reference? I actually had no idea what what her reasoning was for reaching out to me. 

"I want to give my life to Jesus and I felt like I needed to be with you when I did it"

Tears instantly sprang to my eyes. This was the very first girl that I cried over when I became a Young Life leader. I remember sobbing one night at Young Life camp when she told me that she didn't want to start a relationship with Jesus yet. 

Now, 4 years later, I don't think she knew what to do with my emotional outburst. She went on to explain that she had tried to do the last few years of her life on her own terms and that it wasn't working. Instead of a full life, she had found herself in a dark pit. She wanted to give her life to Jesus and turn over control to him. 

After a few more tears, exclamations, and a conversation about the gospel, we prayed together and she told Jesus that she wanted to follow him.

In this season of my life I feel like I'm learning "patient endurance." This semester at Roanoke College, I've been studying James with some of the students. We didn't finish the entire book so I was going over the last chapter when I saw this:

"Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also must be patient. Strengthen you hearts, because the Lord's coming is near."  --James 5:7-8

Clearly Jesus was working in my friend's life even when she and I hadn't kept in contact. The fact that Jesus let me see what he can do in his own timing was really amazing. 

We're all just farmers who are planting seeds and sometimes (at least for me) its frustrating to have to wait. There are some things we just don't have control over. But that doesn't mean that hope is lost just because something doesn't happen in our timing. Because when you're least expecting it, you just may just see some fruit as God does his thing.

So keep being faithful with planting those seeds--God will do the rest.