Faith Like Potatoes

June 21, 2012 - 4:55pm

I recently watched a movie called “Faith Like Potatoes” based on a true story about Angus Buchan, a Scottish farmer in Africa in the late 1970s. Though it isn’t very well done and isn’t a prolife movie, the message toward the end was quite moving for the work that we do.

During the South African El Nino drought of the late nineties Angus felt called by God to plant potatoes. Now if you don't know anything about potatoes they need plenty of water, weather under 90 degrees and grow under ground. Angus’ situation in Africa was quite the opposite of those necessities. Scientists had warned the farmers not to plant that season unless they had irrigation (which they didn’t). He planted the potatoes in the dust knowing that if the crop failed he would have lost everything he had. Despite all of the obstacles he felt his faith and trust was being tested by what he couldn’t see.

That growing season he gathered farmers together from all different faiths and races to pray for rain and the growth of the crops only to find that hardly a drop had come from above. Yet he still had faith. He didn’t check to see if the potatoes were growing even one day before harvest time. Angus continually had faith in what he couldn’t see. He had the faith that if God was calling him to do this and risk all he had, he would give full abandonment and trust to God’s plan. With all the odds of nature against them and to the surprise of all in that community, they had an abundance of potatoes.

In our peaceful, prayerful presence on the sidewalk we too must have that same trust and faith that lives will be saved. We don’t always see the “fruit” of our labor. But we must remain in faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “we live by faith, not by sight.” Contrary to what we as mindful people think, we have to believe in what we do not see or understand. The faithful present after Jesus’ death on the cross had to have this same faith that he would within three days resurrect from the dead as the manifestation of our salvation.

Do you have the same faith? Do you pray on the sidewalk for that which you may not see and have the faith that God has a plan for each and every life? Join us this Saturday any time 7am-4pm to show that faith and pray for those that we do not yet see.