“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” – 1 Cor 3:6
As the proud owner of a 1954 home that is built on a sandy pinensula known as St. Petersburg, Florida we have many projects we would like to get done to get this house in shape. When trying to get our backyard to grow grass we couldn’t help but notice the presence of piles of shells under the sand/soil that are sometimes several feet thick that remind us that this place was once under water and may someday be there again. I like to call our backyard our sandbox. We put down 6000 pounds of topsoil and zillions of Bermuda seeds a week prior to when it was supposed to rain on a daily basis. We have seen little results because we have been lacking rain.
It reminded me that we can try to grow things in our lives by our own efforts but the best things in life only grow when God is front and center in the process. Some things just take rain and that builds our reliance on God because we never know when it will happen or if it happens but when it does we know where it comes from. Despite our best efforts, only then will it grow. We can plant like Paul or water like Apollos but without God’s part even our best efforts are useless. We have tried to work around God through irrigation and city water systems which have been developed to try to remove some of the unpredictability of nature but in the end we must rely on God for our sustenance and for life.
The yard is just a small reminder but God teaches us reliance on Him in many other ways. What are some ways that God has taught you the value of waiting on His provision instead of trying to do everything on your own?