Faith Like Potatoes
By Andrea Bamford
I was to depart for Ireland to join a missionary discipleship program on January 20th of 2021, but God had other plans. I went down with Covid-19 a week prior to departure and failed to pass my test for traveling purposes. Seeing the positive test result was a mix of emotions. I realized that I might not be able to make it in time as I only had a two to three-week window to get well and be able to pass with a negative Covid-19 test, otherwise I would be too late in the MDT program to join. I say it was a mix of emotions because I was honestly relieved not to have to travel
feeling so unwell, but I was also left with uncertainty as to what to do and how to move forward.
There is a movie I watched a few years ago that left an impression on me. This movie was titled “Faith Like Potatoes.” In this film, a farmer in South Africa decides to plant potatoes, however, potatoes need water to grow, and the farmer did not have the irrigation in place to water his crop. Furthermore, the land was in a huge drought and rain was not expected. Feeling led by the Holy Spirit, the farmer decided to continue with his plan to plant potatoes. He prayed for rain and had faith that God would answer his prayer, and so he planted the potatoes in faith that God would take care of the rest.
Getting the news that I had a slim chance of reaching Ireland or even joining the MDT program reminded me of having faith like potatoes. I was faced with a decision in which I could do one of two things; I could call it quits and not even try to make it to Ireland (with a bad attitude intact), or I could trust in the fact that God had a plan for me, whether that be to stay home or go to Ireland. I chose to trust in God’s plan and after praying about it, I found that I should move forward as though everything were to work out for making it to Ireland. I needed to plant the “potatoes” and trust that God would send the rain. By God’s grace, I made it in time to join the MDT program and even got to make a handful of lifelong friendships with some godly women my age!
Some Bible verses that speak to this type of faith can be found in Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” I think this is a good reminder that life often brings with it uncertainty and things beyond our control, but the good news is that it is not beyond God’s control! I would like to encourage you to let go of what you cannot control and instead, continue to press on in faith in what you can do and let God handle the rest.