I don't know why God chose to use this question to really speak to me, but it really sank down deep. This question really made me grasp how lost the world really is and how much I take knowing the word of God for granted.
This scenario refreshed my understanding of my purpose here—teaching students the word that will make them wise for salvation. As in the parable of the sower, my responsibility is only to spread the word and have faith that God will provide the rain. Because I have faith that God will provide the rain, I need to prepare my field to receive it.
It reminds me of a dialogue from the movie, Facing the Giants:
"Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?"
Well, the one prepared his fields for it. Which one are you? Mr. Bridges continued. "God will send the rain when he's ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it."
Wes, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, is serving in East Asia with Go Now Missions. His last name is withheld for security reasons.