I wasn’t expecting company but when I spotted her on the porch with the metallic container, I knew she was carting something tasty.
A big smile covered my face.
I hadn’t seen my neighbor since we moved away years earlier!
She said she didn't want to stay long, but came to drop off a big batch of her fresh-baked cookies. They are always so good and the Hobbs family enjoys them.
It was such a kind thing to do.
We hugged and chatted, trying to catch up on all that had occurred since the last time we spoke.
Though she had shed some pounds, cut her hair and highlighted her dirty blonde locks, there was something that hadn’t changed.
She still lived in the same house where she does all her own gorgeous landscaping.
This is the same neighbor I told you about before who grows tomatoes.
Each year, while living on the same street, she would plant seeds and diligently watch over them.
I remember when she first tried her hand at backyard gardening. She told me and my husband Kenya all about her plans with a glimmer in her eye.
She was so giddy.
Soon after, we would walk by and see our excited friend dressed in overalls, a sunhat and gardening gloves, with a garden rake and a few other tools in hand.
She planted those seeds and faithfully nourished the ground.
When the tomato plants began budding, she was proud and happy, and could hardly wait until they were ripe for harvesting.
One day, Kenya and I came home and shortly after, heard a knock on the door. It was our typically chipper neighbor. Only this time, her countenance had fallen and her eyes appeared sad and droopy.
“What’s the matter?” we questioned.
“Squirrels,” she answered. “They ate my tomatoes and ruined them all.”
When we walked over to the garden she had worked so hard on, we saw multiple half-eaten tomatoes. They were a pulpy mess. Some had just gone missing altogether.
All of them, gone—just like that.
Boy, the two of us felt incredibly sorry for her. We knew how much effort she had put into growing them.
Have you ever patiently awaited a harvest, only to be disappointed at reaping time? If so, you know how discouraging that can feel.
For a while, she was pretty down about it, but did not let the mishap stop her from trying again.
She re-planted some tomatoes—only this time, she doubled the amount and put up a small gate to keep the squirrels out.
Although the persistent little furry mammals got a few of them, when the plants blossomed, there were so many tomatoes, our neighbor did not have enough room for them all.
She was over the moon about it, but, at the same time, overwhelmed.
The next time she knocked on her door, her face was gleeful and she had a big old bowl of organically grown tomatoes she wanted us to take.
She literally had a harvest she did not have room enough to receive!
By the way, those tomatoes were juicy and delicious, and we didn’t have to go to the market for any. It was awesome.
The second time around, things worked out great.
Friend, you, like our neighbor, have been awaiting a harvest, but, perhaps, have been disappointed. When you expected to reap, you were met with ruin. It could have been the ruination of your finances, relationships, health, emotional stability, opportunities, or hope for a positive outcome.
When you anticipated increase, you were met with loss after loss and setback after setback.
All the sowing, working, tilling the ground, nurturing the soil, consistent praying, sacrificial fasting, and continuous believing, did not produce the harvest you had imagined.
How devastating it has been for you to believe God for blessings, but face barrenness instead!
I know it has been hard.
But God is saying, don’t give up hope. This time around, things will be different.
This is your year of harvest, but not just any harvest—one that you will not have room enough to receive.
Get ready for the overflow in your life.
This may not resonate with everyone. But for someone reading this, you already know it. This is merely confirmation for you.
Lately, though, you have been under intense attack. The warfare on your life has been great. Major opposition, emotional strongholds, feelings of defeat and even occasional bouts of depression have threatened to rob you of your harvest.
The enemy has been telling you that you have been believing God for nothing, getting joyful over myths and praising over fantasies that will never come to pass. The devil has been trying to make you believe your season is nothing more than a self-created fairytale that will not manifest.
He's a liar!
He has all but told you that when it comes time to reap, there will be nothing waiting—only scraps like those left behind by the ravenous squirrels in my neighbor’s yard.
But don’t you believe that.
What the enemy has said is not true, but everything God has promised is real. Good things will happen. You will come out of this. You will reap a harvest.
Though you may have lost some things and failed to reap anything good in season's past, it will be different this time..
To remind you of this truth, I'm stirring the first eight words in Joel 2:25 KJV into your cup of inspiration, which says, "And I will restore to you the years..."
As you drink down the contents of your cup today, you will rejoice over the harvest that's on the way. No matter what has come against you in previous times to strip you of what God has for you, God has more, greater and better in store.
There are some things you have been waiting so long to manifest. Well, the time is now.
Get ready for it.
To stop you from sinking into a pit of despair and losing all your hope for the promise of what God has for you, cling to Psalm 126:5, which tells you, They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
That word is for you.
If you feel like you're drowning in a sea of problems today, this word from the Lord is a lifeline. It is a rope being thrown out into the raging waters, reeling you into the shore of promise, deliverance, and abundant favor.
Again, this is your year of harvest.
You will see the seeds you have sown blossom into something wonderful.
Forget about what has happened in the past and how many disappointments you have faced before now. What God has for you, you will receive.
Now let’s pray.
God, when discouragement and fear because of past failures and disappointments come to steal my hope, please remind me that You are not a God who can lie. Anything You say, You will do. I believe for my breakthrough. I receive it and I praise You in advance for the restoration that will manifest in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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