The farmer grasps tightly to the handles of the manual, wooden plow. His calloused hands cinched the grips, bulldozing the steel through the fallow ground. From his sweltering brow drips enormous sweat. The liquid trickles down his sun-weathered face and stings his eyes. Blinking rapidly to clear his view, he take a long, slow cleansing breath. The mission is clear. Prepare for planting. Plow the field in straight clean rows. The farmer aligns his plow with one point on the opposite end of the row. Keeping his eye on that focal point will ensure a direct line with no wavering. The immense strain on his back and shoulders only pale in comparison to the tension of his arms and legs. Plunging forward. Never back. Eyes forward. Plow through. Then suddenly there is a jolt of searing pain impelling his arms into his shoulders as the thick steel stopped instantly, it was ensnared in a mass of roots. Plowing has ceased. Now the real work begins…
The farmer symbolizes each Christian . There is a path that we must walk, and a job that must be done. God gives each of us a gift and it is our obligation to use that gift to glorify God. For the purpose of this analogy plowing the field is that obligation. Sometimes life is easy and the “plow” moves forward with great purpose. Yet there are other times that the ground is hard, depleted of all moisture.
Okay, maybe I am overthinking the analogy, but hopefully you get the gist. The point here is that obstacles can block our way and keep us from being able to function. Ever felt like you were just stuck? Maybe your prayers seems to reach the ceiling and bounce back. Knowing that God loves you and yet you feel stifled and helpless.
God has set before each of us a purpose and it is to be accomplished no matter what. This is where our faith lives. Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I need only to trust God will do what He has promised. That no matter what my eyes see, no matter how negative the situation, God will answer your prayers.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16) The Word of God tells us to pray a certain way and that will be profitable. Consider the highlighted words in the verse above. Effectual is defined as producing or being capable of producing an intended effect, and fervent means having a great warmth or intensity of spirit; feeling of enthusiasm. So, to break it down God wants us to know that if we pray faithfully knowing that He is God and He can and will hear us and answer us that it will be profitable no matter what.
God has saved us and given each of us our “row to hoe.” Jesus himself used a story to help us learn that we are to be good stewards in Matthew 25:14-30. Now, read it for yourself if you need a refresh, but basically we must use what we are given and do it well or we will lose what we were given. Everyone is working out there own walk with God in honor and reverence (Phil 2:12). You can not push my plow and I need not bother yours.
Of course we need to encourage one another and pray with and for one another, but we can not do the other person’s work. What ever you have that has stopped your plow from pushing forward, YOU NEED TO PUT YOUR EYES FORWARD AND PLOW THROUGH !
Financial problems? Eyes forward, Plow through!
Sickness and Injury? Eyes forward, Plow through!
Depression and Anxiety? Eyes forward, Plow through!
Grief and Loss? Eyes forward, Plow through!
No matter the size of the issue…Eyes forward, Plow through!
Let’s think back to the farmer. He’s has a problem that has halted his work. It is his job to deal with whatever it is so he can plow through. In the garden of life, sometimes a situation is easy to overcome, yet others may require help. In every case we should keep our focus. Keep our eyes on Jesus. He will help us get going again.
I long for the day when I stand before the Lord . I want to hear Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I want to bow before Him and feel his wondrous love surround me. That will make all the hard labor worth it all. For now there is much to do and time is running short. So stand tall, faithful servant, and push against the plow, and no matter what happens: Eyes forward! Plow through!