“Automatically, the earth brings forth a crop – first the blade, then the head, then the full grain in the head.” Mark 4:28 TLV
The blade is defined as the leaf of an herb. Now, I’m not a farmer nor do I have a very green thumb, but I do know that when you plant a seed, you can expect a leaf to sprout first. It might be small but it’s a good sign that more is sure to follow. I know you can’t get a full harvest without first getting the blade. I also know that if you plant nothing, you will get nothing. And, if you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, professional or independent anything for that matter; the same concept applies.
God reminded me of the scripture above today. As a business owner and entrepreneur myself, it is easy to get discouraged when the full grain isn’t coming as expected. It’s easy to question and doubt if “this thing” will really work. Will your business, blog, project, book or production succeed? Recently, I’ve felt a little discouraged because I don’t work a steady 9 – 5 and I don’t get a steady check. And, you know what else is easy to do? It’s easy to forget the blade.
The blade. That small little sprout that has come out of the ground where you sowed seeds. Seeds of late nights working, planning, scheduling, advertising, promoting – which then produced the blades of those whom you’ve helped achieve things they only talked about. The blade of customers who are grateful for your business. The blades of readers whose lives have changed because of your book or blog. The blades of people who need what you have. So, we must trust that God will bring a harvest from the seeds we’ve sown.
In my disheartened state, I had forgotten the blade. But, this afternoon, God reminded me that I have planted and He provides the harvest. And, that despite my feelings of discouragement and defeat, this past year there’s been an overflow of blades. So, my friend, whatever it is you’re working on – whatever ground you’ve been sowing seeds, do not get discouraged. Look for the blade and don’t forget it because the full grain will surely follow!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for another day, another week, and another opportunity to fulfill Your purpose for my life. Thank You for the blade! I praise You for the harvest, in advance, because You said in Your Word that You are the One who provides it. You, alone, are Jehovah Jireh. Forgive me if I forget the small blessings that have manifested in my life. I trust Your will for my life. I know You are perfecting and protecting all that concerns me. I commit my ways to You so You can establish my path. And, along the path You’ve set, I will be careful to give You all the glory, honor, and praise in Jesus’ name.