37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” – John 4
We occasionally find bugs around the church. The discovery used to gross out my girls. They would run away or get me. Now the girls go over and study the bug. Then rush off to find Aiden – another bug for his collection.
The world does not work the way it should. This morning Aiden got on a plane to head to Kentucky. Yesterday the court made the decision. In a perfect world this does not happen.
We should keep this in mind when we speak of “God’s plan”. In the aftermath I have heard people say they do not understand God’s plan. But the world is broken by humanity’s sin. By our sin. We can not expect the best thing to happen. We should not expect God’s desire to happen. (I have written about this before here.)
Where does that leave us? Can we only hope and pray? Will we always be defeated? Prayer is essential to our role, but we can not forget – in the brokenness we were blessed to meet Aiden (in a perfect world we never meet Aiden – because the state’s foster system is not necessary). God called His people to action, to love this child. Though the world is broken, our Lord’s vision remains. His calling continues. We must remember our role in the world – as Christ followers – is to live out God’s plan. To live out life in God’s Kingdom.
So for a moment we were blessed to know Aiden. More than anyone the Black family lived out God’s love for this child – His child. And for a moment the world was right again.
We can not control everything. God does not control everything – but allows freewill. So at times it may seem as if the world is under the control of sin. Yet that is no longer true. The cross has wrestled away sin’s dominion. The wheat and tares are now intertwined. Each Growing. And where we plant seeds – they will grow. (Matthew 13:24-30)
As adults we forget our most formative years. Our personality, our trust, our worldview are shaped radically by the early childhood we barely recall. Aiden spent many of these days with us, and the Blacks have sown seeds of Christ into his life. So planted, the seeds will grow. Aiden may not remember how they were sown. But days upon days life will grow inside him. Others will reap and celebrate when he comes to know the Lord. But we shall know who planted the seeds.
When you find a bug at the church please take a moment to pray for Aiden. Ask our Father that these last words will become true. Then take a moment to ponder how you can live as the Blacks – sowing the Kingdom into this broken world.