Practically everyone knows that life follows something of an ECG tracing, what with its ups and downs, each of different time lengths and experience depths. Indeed it is said that once your life becomes devoid of ups and downs then you’re probably dead.
Learning from our downtimes, and becoming a stronger person with each challenge that we face and overcome, is a much preached about and quite romanticized theme. Everyone knows to turn their lemons into lemonades and their bitter mouthfuls of bitter leaf into ofe onugbu (bitter leaf soup).
Some how, the significance of the “good times” and what it has to teach us has been relegated to the background. The Bible says that God sits over the life of His children as He attempts to make them into perfection (Malachi 3:2-4). In that making and moulding process, the time that we spend outside of the fire is just as important as the time we spend in the fire.
They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing. He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting], will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.Psalm 126:6
The concept of seed time and harvest is not a strange one. Seed-time (and waiting) and harvest time are somewhat synonymous with down-times and good-times respectively. God wants His children to understand that both periods are important in “The Making” and both contribute to the learning manual that directs our growth in God.
In the “good times” (or harvest time), God would have us learn of His faithfulness, and His ability to save. He would have us learn of His Mercy that never runs out, and His Favour that encompasses us like a shield. God would have us grow up in our harvest times, such that when the next seed-time comes, we’d go joyfully because we have had a revelation of God’s faithfulness. If there’s cause for tears at all, they’d be tears of Joy.
I love Hillsong music so much (story for another day). In their ministration “Desert Song”, the song ends quite beautifully.
“And this is my prayer in the harvest,
When favour and providence flows.
I will not fear to be emptied again;
This seed I’ve received I will sow.”
The fear and trepidation we approach every sowing season with, reflects a lack of attention to the instructions of God during our harvest season.
Dear friend, even in your “good times”, pay attention. Don’t stop growing.