Dormancy is Not Failure

It has been several weeks since I last wrote a post. I went blank and didn’t know what to share. I thought it best to be silent rather than talk just to be talking. Sometimes silence is golden. In the silence we have time to reflect and ponder. Seed germination

For writers this can be a time preceding germination. Something is happening beneath the soil but we can’t see it. We just know that in the seed there is an apple tree. Our lives also go through this process. It is necessary to allow seed time and harvest to manifest.

As a preacher it is discouraging to be dormant. We desire to preach and teach regularly or we feel we are not being productive for the Kingdom of God. If the seed was not allowed to be dormant in the ground then there can be no germination.  Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. John 12:24. Dormancy is not failure, it is necessary.

What do we do during this period? We must trust the process. Just as surely as the seed dies it will live again. Don’t dig up your seed to see if it is doing what it is supposed to be doing. Trust the Lord of the harvest to work the process in your life.

About Bill Phares/Stir the Fire

DR. WILLIAM H. “BILL” PHARES is a revivalist and author used by God to minister to “hurting” pastors and to bring renewal to thirsty congregations. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and president of Stir the Fire Ministry in Helena, Alabama. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has pastored for twenty-seven years and has been an evangelist for thirteen years.
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