I’ve been thinking a lot today about that Bible verse that says, in my paraphrase, “You reap what you sow.” Other similar phrases are “Payback!” or “What comes around goes around” or maybe even “karma, baby!”
It ruminates with me because I see so often in this crazy world in which we live that people often “get away” with such bad behavior, at all levels of society, and it seems so unfair, especially to those of us who have integrity and a hard-work ethic, day in and day out. I don’t know how those people live with themselves, spewing lies out of one corner of their mouths and crying, “poor me” from the other corner. But they do. And there seem to be more of “them” than there are of “us.” Their numbers grow exponentially everyday.
The number doesn’t really matter, though; there is something to be said for staying the course. For toughing through the junk that keeps flying at us, ducking when we can, and taking a direct hit on other occasions but not even flinching. Supporting others who are ducking too, and still getting up, day after day, together…to watch, and wait, for the reaping to begin. It will always begin.
Some people seem to get away with their behavior and even be rewarded for it (you know you have someone in mind right now!), but in time, the reaping begins. It may not begin on our timing, but I have to admit to being a little happy when it does begin, even though we shouldn’t rejoice in another’s suffering. But man! the reaping feels like an awesome victory. And, that’s probably a huge reason why God asks us not to take revenge. It is so much less guilt-ridden when He takes care of the problem and we get to sit back and watch, having had no part in the reaping, except for lots of prayers and colleague support. His plans are always better than ours!
DAY 278 HOMEWORK: If your eyes are on someone who deserves a reaping, hang tight and let God do His thing, in His time. Take your hands off, and start praying about it. Gather the support of those who care for you, or you be the support for someone else who needs to hang tight. The reaping will come. And when it does, it will be sweeter than you imagined.