When can I stop hoeing?

Isaiah 30:23 – “Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock.”

Last night, I was watching the Olympic swimming competitions. I was so impressed by the USA Olympians. There is no doubt Michael Phelps and the rest are great.

But I was particularly impressed with one young lady Simone Manuel. She hit the gold medal in the hundred-meter individual. She became the first black female to gold in an individual swim event. When they interviewed her, I was especially impressed.   She said that she’d worked so hard over the last 4 years, and that now she’s so blessed. She then later repeated the same thing for the most part again, that “she’d worked so hard over the last 4 years, but now she is so blessed.”


I thought hard about her words, and I get it. Her work was so hard, and it seemed like it went on for such a long time, but finally she’s been blessed for all that hard work.

The Bible says that there is a time to plant, a time to cultivate and work the field, and there is a time to harvest.

It just seems like we spend so much of the time cultivating and working the field.
It can be a little discouraging, but remember, ultimately, it’s God who brings the blessing.

Yes, we have to work, and we have to work hard, but I think today, if you asked Simone Manuel was it worth the hard work in the field and the time of cultivation to get to the day of blessing, we would hear an absolutely positive “Yes!”

In most of our time, we seem to catch ourselves having to work the field. Don’t be discouraged. Staying that course with the right attitude in prayer and time with God will absolutely make the difference and take us to that day when we can stand and say, “I am so blessed.”

Have a blessed weekend.

~Dean Burnetti


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