The Harvest and the Promise
By Lacey Hartman
"The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn't believe His promise to care for them" (Psalm 106:24).
I can totally relate to this verse! There have been moments on my journey where my unbelief, fear, and worry overshadowed God's promises.
In the pre-launch phase, I knew He had called us, but I also knew it was going to take some crazy work to start a church and then to pastor a baby church. There was a new land He wanted us to sow seed in and harvest! I have often thought of harvest as a high feeling where you have momentum, wind in your sails, and great energy.
Perhaps the phrase, “the harvest is ripe,” must mean that hundreds of people are going to get saved and no doubt come to our church. Ever been there?!
When we truly think about harvest, we are reminded that harvest is hard! In harvest season you are putting in long hours, sweat equity, and facing loneliness because the workers in the field are few! Our unbelief, fear, fatigue, and worry (fill in your own woe!) can overshadow God’s promises, and, like the Israelites, we can get to a place where we forfeit the very dream God has for our lives because we don’t trust His promise!
Let’s remember His faithfulness!
One day my husband felt God say, "You are going to be moving." This may not seem like an earth shattering statement to you, but for us, those six words changed our life! That was all God said in the moment. Nothing more. No writing on the wall, no burning bush, just a deep assurance that we would be moving and we needed to be prepared for a leap.
We had no idea that would mean God moving us to the Little Apple – Manhattan, KS. We had heard nothing about the 65% of people unclaimed to any faith in this town. Our minds hadn't even thought to dream about connecting the unconnected and providing a safe place to find and follow Jesus in that community.
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Wherever you find yourself today, remind yourself of the promises of God. The same God who spoke the stars into existence knows your name and loves you! He doesn't love you for the work you are doing, but He loves you for YOU!
Whatever the world may say or not say about the role you are playing on this earth, God is PLEASED WITH YOU as you surrender to Him and love others like He loves you! The God of the universe is singing over you! He is fighting for you.
Let us look forward with joy to the days ahead and the land He is calling us to take!
Lacey Hartman serves alongside her husband, Troy, at Rock Hills Church in Manhattan, KS. She has been a pastor’s wife and leader for 10 years.
Lacey is passionate about empowering others to take next steps. Troy and Lacey have two vibrant daughters, Jovi and Jade. When Lacey isn’t reminding her daughter’s to stop jumping on the couches, she enjoys reading, movies, and pedicures (who doesn’t?!)!
Connect with Lacey on social media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.