I came outside one day to assess the yard's progress. My eyes went straight to the patches still in the yard and I was crestfallen. It took me a minute, but I eventually noticed that all the patches, while still there, were smaller.
Upon further inspection, I noticed that in some areas there was only dry, barren soil, while in other areas the grass had grown and become thick so quickly that it escaped my detection. Grass that sprang up from the newly fertile areas had begun to grow over the barren patches as well as new grass that grew along the edges of the barren patches. I had trained my eyes to look for new grass only in certain areas of the patches. In the places where I saw no new grass, I had assumed there was no progress. I know that the extra watering and seeding will cost me on this month's water bill, but I was encouraged by the growth!
I want to say to the Church that we are planting during a tough season for growth and it is costly to us. I also believe that we are making a difference one barren area at a time. However, some of the seeds that have been planted are now multiplying and doing work we don't see. Hallelujah! Here a little, there a little. Continue to fight the good fight of faith!