2013 – Pushing Through The Dirt
Sowing and Reaping. “You reap what you sow” is a popular expression.
If you’re not a farmer or agricultural person, then the words “sow” and “reap” are probably not a part of your daily life. No worries, I’ve done the hard work of looking up their definitions. See below:
Sow: to plant seed… for growth.
Reap: to gather or take… a harvest.
The Bible talks about this idea of sowing and reaping. Even if you’re not a Christian you’ve heard the concept of reaping what you sow.
But seeds don’t just become a harvest. Something happens in the middle. What is that?
In the middle of sowing and reaping is growth. In the middle of planting seeds and receiving a harvest is growth. The seeds that do not grow never produce a harvest.
Music artist David Crowder put it beautifully in his song “Wholly Yours” :
I am full of earth
You are heaven’s worth
I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity
You are everything that is bright and clean
The antonym of me
You are divinity
But a certain sign of grace is this
From the broken earth flowers come up
Pushing through the dirt
Using the flower analogy, growth requires two things:
- Strong Roots
- Intentional Action (Push. Drive. Fight. Will.)
Struggles in life can be seen as opportunities for growth. They are not pity parties. They are not our chance to complain. Struggles are not meant to comfort us, make us feel special or feel good. Struggles are for growth.
We need strong roots in the right soil. For me this meant strengthening my core in Christ. In 2012 God brought me to Area 10 Faith Community where I made friends and dug into my faith on a more personal level. These roots were necessary in 2013 as my world fell apart. But when your roots are in Christ, you may bend as the wind blows your world around, but you won’t break.
Pushing through the dirt of life is no small task. And it won’t happen by accident. The soil (Christ) gives us what we need to push through, but we still must push. Pushing produces many of the fruits of the Spirit along the way. Patience, Self-control, Peace, Faithfulness, etc. Pushing tears away at the shallow layer of our lives, exposing our core, showing everyone who we really are. But more importantly, it reveals to us who we really are.
Growth is gritty. Growth will test your roots. Growth will transform you. Growth always seems to take too long. Growth is intentional.
2013 was a terrible year- Parent’s Divorce. Job Loss. Pets death. Unemployment. And all the mess that comes with each of those, thrown together.
2013 was a year I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
2013 was the best year of growth I’ve ever experienced.
2014 will be a year of flourishing. A year of God using me exactly as He wants. A year that will allow me to look back at 2013 and say “thank you God for that terrible year, and awesome season of growth.”