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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: Sometimes the Locusts Come
By Lisa Johnson
07/13/09


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SOMETIMES THE LOCUSTS COME

As any farmer or gardener could tell you, summer is the growing season. Spring sowing is complete. There is much work to do before it is time for the harvest.

Young plants must be carefully tended. Dry, parched roots must be watered on a regular basis. The proper mix of fertilizer must be supplied so that each individual plant gets the nutrients it needs to flourish and grow to fruition. Weeds must be meticulously removed so the crop does not get choked out and die before it bears fruit. Much diligence is required during this summer growing season for the promise of a good harvest to be fulfilled.

But, sometimes the locusts come. A farmer can lose his entire season’s work in less than a day. Devastated and discouraged, it can be very hard to start again with most of the summer gone. Time and time again, that is exactly what happens. A leap of faith is taken, and though the summer growing season is cut short, the time is taken to replant and hope for the harvest.

Spiritually speaking, I believe we, as believers, experience a summer growing season. Seeds of the gospel have been sown. Churches have been planted. There’s much work to be done before it’s time for the Harvest.

Young Christians must be discipled. They must be immersed in the Living Water. More mature believers must make sure they are provided with the “meat” of the Scripture, so they can grow in their faith. They must hear “the truth spoken in love”, and be encouraged to remove any “weeds” they find in their lives. Much commitment and diligence is required during this summer growing season to allow the Fruits of the Spirit to grow.

But, sometimes the locusts come. A painful divorce. The death of a child. Joblessness. Financial ruin. The loss of one’s faith. Devastated and discouraged, it can be very hard to start again as the summer growing season draws to a close, but GOD has given His children a promise: “And I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten.”- Joel 2:25a (KJV). Though the summer growing season may be cut short, there is still time to take a leap of faith, and believe in GOD’s promise for the Harvest.


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Allen Stark07/16/09
And He does keep His promise to "restore the years the locusts have eaten."
Sherrie Coronas07/16/09
Nicely stated and so true.
Beckie Stewart07/17/09
Thank goodness we can depend upon Him and His promises.
Mary McLeary07/18/09
Beautiful analogy. Thanks!
diana kay07/18/09
Thank you
Mildred Sheldon07/18/09
All I can say is AMEN. No matter what the world throws at God's children as long as we have hope in His promises we can survive. Thank you.
Deborah Porter 07/23/09
Hi Lisa. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, Sometimes the Locusts Come, actually did very well in the Summer Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 2, tying for 7th place in that Level. Well done!

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=383740

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Just a quick reminder, too, about this year’s Page Turner Contest for 500 members. If you have a novel in the works (even just the first chapter), this contest is a must to enter:
http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/FaithWriters500/contest-pageturner.php

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)