They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6
Each and every summer day was a new experience for the English. We should remind ourselves that just more than half of those that sailed from England remained. When the time for the newly repaired Mayflower to sail back to England, no one from the earlier voyage went with them. They had endured the hardships of winter and saw first hand the Providence of God. In fact, the early Pilgrims did not refer to the Almighty as God. They spoke of Him as Providence. So great was their faith that even the sailors from the Mayflower were influenced by them. Those had come from England, who were not Pilgrims also began to embrace their teachings. The new experience was not just in growing crops, it was also growing faith.
Entrepreneurs who had come to these shores to engage in the building of Virginia, were now convinced that this new land was going to be their home. All worked. No one would survive the next winter unless they worked. So for six days they worked their profession and on the seventh day they worshipped the one true God. Everyday they praised God for the abundance of the fish taken and the growing crops. Soon as the crops were grown they harvested them and filled their storehouses with the increase. One of the first things they did was to replenished the stores of grains they had found when they first came to these shores. This was done to show their appreciation for those who left it there.
By September, the first indications of fall showed itself. The days grew shorter and the leaves began to change. It was in the heart of the people to give thanks to God for the good He had done to them and they would show this by holding a feast to Him. It was also decided that the Indians which had shown them such favor would be invited to enjoy this day of thanks to the Lord.
I hope today that we might remember to show others the good which our Heavenly Father has done to us. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, let us rejoice over what we do have. I urge you not to look at the bad, but say to others, “How will God deliver us from this circumstance?” If we truly believe that God will bless, shouldn’t we act like it?
Think about it…