Do Not Grow Weary: A Reminder As We Labor On
This article originally appeared on She the Fierce.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9
My mom, a saint who is still in the process of raising ten children, quoted this verse to me at least once a month throughout my upbringing. Homeschooling brought some unique challenges, one of which was not being affirmed in how her parenting choices were correct. Until I was in college, it was hard to see where I stood with my peers and how her parenting philosophies held up to time.
Good work: it’s hard. There are many times in my day to day life when I want to simply give up. On laundry, on my marriage, on myself. It is overwhelming to step into another day waiting patiently on the Lord to bring about the harvest. My life has been a long, dry summer and I’m aching for rain from heaven.
Judging from the people around me, I’m not alone. We are all waiting on something. On the marriage that will make us feel complete, on the children that will fill our hearts, on children that let us sleep through the entire night, on a season to slow down, on the house that we’ve been eyeing, on our husband to notice the make-up we labored over; the list never ends. We all are waiting on the Lord as we labor through the days, doing good.
So I make another pot of coffee, I transfer the laundry, and I pour myself out like rain on the lives of the people around me. Because while I’m waiting for my rain, I can’t miss the opportunity to bring about the relief they need to help their harvest grow.
The seeds of a freezer meal, a cup of coffee, a listening ear; we don’t always see the fruit they bring. Even rarer is the fruit of diligent work in the home, patience towards children who are on your last nerve, or the kind word that turns away wrath. The labor we do in our homes is not often acknowledged. Trudging is probably the most accurate description most days. We trudge on into the labor God has put before us.
But the thing is, it’s not just the end we’re waiting for. The process matters. Our lives are transformed in these small moments when we sacrifice what we can see for the truth that God has redeemed even our small, unseen work of cleaning toilets. Even this is an act of trust that our work in creation matters, for creation will be restored. So we restore what is in front of us and give to God our best efforts.
My mom’s story doesn’t end in endless labor, wondering what God will do. It has been peppered with His goodness and glimpses of the fruit her labor has brought about. But even that isn’t satisfying.
While we think we just want to see our part, the beauty that God allows us to see in this world, the moments when we feel the fulfillment of our labor, ultimately never satisfy for they point us on to an even greater work, God’s renewed creation. One day, the fruit of every seed planted will be fulfilled. The laundry, kind words, over-looked offenses, they will blossom and we will be drawn to Zion and will see all of the glory this has led to.
So don’t give up. Keep working diligently and joyfully with the tasks placed before your hands. God is redeeming these moments of frustration and weariness. He is preparing your life and your heart. Wait for the season of harvest and be the nourishing rain to those around you. In the end, you will find yourself renewed and prepared for the eternal weight of glory.
First, the photos in this post are absolutely gorgeous! Second, this is a really beautiful reminder. I love how you said that God is redeeming the moments of frustration. This really resonated with me!
Thank you for your kind words. They do my heart good.
” It is overwhelming to step into another day waiting patiently on the Lord to bring about the harvest” I loved this line! That’s exactly how it feels. Every day , it’s important to keep our eyes on the big picture. What we plant now will be our harvest. Thanks for an encouraging and thought-provoking post!
We need to keep on striving for that manna, trusting that He will provide it.
This is food for the soul. I love your heart here. How you pour yourself out like rain, even while waiting for your own rain – LOVE THAT! Thank you for this encouragement.
Thank you, Jessica.
Karla Cruzado | The Wise Lark
I came accross the same verse recently! 🙂 we might be using the same devo app? HAHA! Hold on! Don’t give up! ❤️
BaileyKarla Cruzado | The Wise Lark
Haha, I typically don’t use a devotional app but I love that God is using this message for His people all over the world.
Juliette | Namastay Traveling
Such a beautiful post. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I love the one of the sunflower.
BaileyJuliette | Namastay Traveling
Thank you, Juliette. The sunflowers were a lovely little surprise from my husband.
I think what we miss so often (especially in the seemingly meaningless tasks) is that the practice of obedience is what we’re learning. You’re so right, some tasks seem like they don’t matter But if we stay faithful to what we said we would do, God opens our eyes and allows us to see beauty in the struggle, the everyday, and the mundane. I remember times of doing laundry, when pulling out wads of paper that at first agitated me, but it ended up having a drawing or a note from one of my kids that opened me up to parts of their day & their thoughts that I would have not seen before. This post is such a lovely reminder to press on.
Keep going, friend. He will be faithful and you will reap a harvest.
Beautiful words and one of my favorite scriptures. Love your photos too!
Thank you, Shaylah.