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The Meaning of the Plow
4/18/2017 1:05:00 PM by: Charlotte Snead

When Elijah called Elisha, he burned his teams and their plows, revealing two things: he was a hard worker (twelve teams!) and he had a heart after God.  He was not going to turn back, no sir, he had burned his livelihood!

All work is done unto the Lord, whether in the home or in the marketplace. We aren’t just mom, or a secretary, or a plumber, we are Jesus in disguise—His workmen and His witness, for better or for worse. Our plows are our offering—and Elisha’s became that literally when he was called to lift his hand from the plow and follow the prophet. He burned the yokes and the animals as a burnt offering, forsook it all, and followed.

The daily plowing, the plain old slogging--the doing of laundry, the mopping of floors--is not only our offering, it is our preparation.  We learn when we get blisters, and the ox is stubborn, and the yoke shifts. We have to treat the blisters, train the ox, and repair the yoke.

Jesus was a carpenter for the first thirty years of his life, and tradesmen on their way to Nazareth would say,  “We’ll get that fixed in Nazareth, I know a carpenter there. . . .” No shoddy work by the carpenter of Nazareth. Was it in the carpenter shop He first realized He could make all things new?

I can look back on the day my three-year-old crawled into bed early one morning and asked me why she always thought of “me first.” She was struggling to share with her newly adopted  two-year-old sister.  Breathing a prayer  for an answer, I explained about the sin disease passed down from our great-great-great grandfather, Adam.  “Every man has that sin disease, and we all think of me first.”

“Jesus didn’t,” she replied.I explained Jesus was God’s Son, so He was born without the disease.

“I want to be more like Jesus,” she said,.I told her He could live in her heart, and she asked Him to, right there. Bowingd her head, she said, “Jesus, live in me.” .And that day she divided clothes, toys, and even baby dolls. Some days at the plow are magical days.

And nights, too—like the night I was singing one of my boys to sleep, worshipping God, and his little voice joined me.

Or the day Beth’s little sister placed her hand on my swollen belly and said. “I wish I had grown in your tummy.”

Breathing a prayer, I moved her little hand to my heart, and said, “You grew right here, in Mommy’s heart.”

Each of those mini-glimpses are God-moments, eternal moments in themselves, but are also learning moments, training moments. We think plowing is a chore—and it is—but when the Master says, “Come follow Me,” we are ready, because we have learned at the plow.

Now I sit in front of my computer praying to communicate the Good News: Jesus is alive and He cares about us, and all these moments make up who I am. The difficult questions, the ungrateful husband, the two-year old tantrums, the rebellious teenagers, they are part of my history. I have slogged it out at the plow and learned. I have lived eternal moments in the daily grind—just as you are doing—and it all has a purpose. God has a plan for you, and a future. Thank God for the plow!

 

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Jesus only rebuked his disciples for lack of faith—oh, and not allowing the children to come to Him—saving his rebukes for religious leaders who were hypocrites. After feeding five thousand and then four thousand, how could his disciples fret over no bread on their sail across the lake? The Master could feed thirteen men if he had fed thousands! Yet I faltered over less than that last week.

My blog masters called me last Monday, asking if I knew my website was down. No. We worked all morning to discover why, knocking on closed doors. Word Press had closed my site, handing it off to another company. Me of little faith wept. I am launching a new book. A Place to Live came out last month and I’m in the midst of marketing it. All my marketing has the old website name on it. Didn’t God know this?

Of course He did, and by the end of the day my wonderful blog masters at Celebrity Web Design had a new one set up, one that I own: charlottesnead.com

 How cool is that? Just my name. I didn’t even know I could do that. God can do exceeding abundantly. So I downloaded all my subscribers and notified them of the name change. Since that time, I have doubled them! Thank you, God. Like the father I cry out: I believe, Lord, help Thou mine unbelief. Forgive me.


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