The faithful plant seeds wherever they go... sometimes without knowing how.
When the time is right, and growth appears and has ripened, a harvest is realized in the hearer's heart.
The 'manner' in which such things happen are unseen by human eyes.
We only see the certain evidences; the fruits spoken from a person's lips and their new attitude.
We also notice the seeds that fell on rocky places or were taken up by the birds, those who went from bad to worse... but their fate cannot be sealed by our limited observation nor our losing hope.
We stay faithful and continue to hope in God's limitless love, for just as we have personally traversed a desert on several occasions in our past, we realize that some deserts await those whom God will eventually call heavenward.
Remember what the Lord said while He physically walked on the earth:
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I Am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.
- John 14: 12-14When it comes to the things that God has commanded, our prayers do not go unanswered or ignored.
Do not be doubtful that the amazing can be done by the God who created all things... the same God who loves you more than words can explain.
I have prayed many things regarding the lost over the years, and regarding those who may not yet live in the love that has been revealed from heaven; those who have yet to taste the eternal peace that only God can saturate their heart with.
I have prayed very certain things, the details of which only the Father, His angels and His glorified witnesses shall know for now.
And I know God is doing what He wills interdependently and independently of my realizing His answers or obvious works.
God doesn't need to be noticed in order to move, act or 'be'... that is a human concern.
It is good practice to return to the very basics of the faith.
I personally do not stray too far from the four gospels and the letters (the New Testament) and what has been made clear in the early few centuries of writings explaining what God had thus far revealed.
So much more has come to fruition since those early centuries, but the details are difficult to express when so many minds are confused and beholden to opinions and externalities.
It is the Gospel (and letters and teachings) which help me decipher the rest of what God has done when I read distant and recent history, church history, heretical groups, what was considered heretical but, to me, was simply misunderstood, etc..
The realization of what God has established on the earth; namely His kingdom as Yeshua prophesied, is a breathtaking notion to behold as God unfolds the mysterious details.
How are we to know whether our shadow, or something we've touched, causes a miracle in the life of someone?
How are we to know whether or not every single person we've ever seen in our lives are those who also hear the Gospel spoken to their hearts?
How do we know if by a smile of ours, or something we've said (whether or not quoting directly Scripture) has caused a hearer to realize God speaking to their heart through our human words?
Recall how the Amazing was working powerfully and miraculously through the early disciples:
The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
- Acts 5: 12-16God even chooses to work through inanimate objects:
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
- Acts 19: 11-12Has God working in such amazing ways ceased?
Some would strongly agree that they have... yet with only an argument but no proof.
How can you convince the person who has realized a miracle in their life... or several?
We are dealing with a Father that is all love, and all about doing very good works.
We are dealing with a God that is not limited.
The only 'limit' is our limited faith... yet our limitations may only us from 'seeing' or realizing His works.
Our limited views or imperfect understanding never limits His works nor His good will.
Lean into God for the sake of your faith.