Bee Content in Sowing Words
by Tina Yeager
(1 Corinthians 3:7, NIV).
I stir warm berries into my yogurt as I pray over scriptures. The sweet and tart flavors nourish my hunger as my attention drifts to the window. Songbirds glide through dewy, late-blooming foliage. Soon, honeybees will join their aerial ballet. These partners harmonize their labors with the land to bring fruit to my table.
Neither the bird spreading seed nor the bee pollinating its blooms question when this fruit appears. Nor do these stewards of the land doubt the significance of feeding me. Bird, bush, and bee serve the Lord in a glorious orchestra of trust and submission. Each offers itself toward the purpose for which God created it without demanding proof of results.
I long to serve among God’s laborers with such unquestioning submission and trust. Instead of gliding through today’s word-sowing tasks, distractions stall me. I fret over steps meant for agents, publishers, or editors. I also worry about the results of my writing. Will enough hungry souls benefit from this hard-won fruit?
These concerns derail me from focusing on my role as a writer. My Creator designed fellow servants for complementary work. The Lord planned the course of his will from before my birth to beyond my power. Knowing the results and who will benefit exceeds my mortal limitations. Jesus didn’t call me to more than my divine potential. He neither requires me to take on all the work nor predict the outcomes.
God created me to serve as a wordsmith for his pleasure. If I fulfill my purpose in faith instead of fretting, writing will serve as my pleasure, too.
Father, thank you for creating me to serve as a word-bearer. Please guide me to sow my words in faith and accept the partnerships you designed. Remind me to enjoy the process of gliding through this journey with your loving breath under my wings, even when I cannot see its completion. Amen.