Back in the early spring, I began my gardening experiment and planted some tomato seedlings in the ground. They grew and before too long began producing quite a few tomatoes. By around May we were having to give tomatoes away to keep them from going bad.
But then the intense heat and drought of the summer hit. There would be days I would go outside and the plants just looked depressed out in the 104 degree heat. The leaves were totally drooping and lifeless. For the rest of the summer there was exactly zero tomatos coming from those plants. 'In faith' I continued to water these plants daily. A couple of weeks ago as I was kneeling down and watering I noticed a little green tomato starting to grow on one of the branches. These plants that seemed dead and lifeless had sprung back to life again against all odds.
Our walk with God goes through seasons as well. There are those seasons when we look around at our life and the circumstances we are in and it just seems plain hopeless and we don't see how we are going to get through it. Yet 'in faith' we continue to cultivate our relationship with God by trusting, praying and being renewed by His Word.
As we continue to trust, God brings those little unexpected 'green tomatoes' in the forms of an unexplained peace in our heart, an encouraging word at the perfect time, or a provision right when we needed it. Let God speak to you through this passage about Abraham's faith in Romans 4:18-21--
In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE." Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb ; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.