I love the harvest, that is definitely my favorite. Mainly because I love eating. 🙂
I also love sowing seeds. It’s fun and you get to dream of… THE HARVEST.
Right now, we are in The Delay. Pastor Ryan Guard talked about this a little bit this weekend at Mission Community Church as he was preaching through Galatians 6. It’s amazing how God built SO MANY life lessons into the process of growing food. So many of Jesus’ parables involve agricultural examples. Not just because they were applicable to his audience, but because they are truths that will last forever. Things like good soil, seed, planting, and sowing. It’s beautiful.
So now, we’re in the delay. I’ve sown good seed. Plants have sprouted.
In some cases fruit is forming.
I protect the plants from heat and dryness with refreshing water and mulch.
It’s all part of maintaining, feeding, and supporting what you’ve sown.
So that… after The Delay, you can reap a harvest.
I like to think of this when I’m talking to my boys, or the neighbor boys next door, or the hundred or so kids in my class at church. I like to sow seeds. I like to nourish the plants. I’m hoping one day to see a harvest.
What seeds are you planting? In your garden? In people around you?
How about your own soil? Are you planting good seed? Do you tend the plants with the nourishing water of the Spirit in prayer? With the light of God’s Word? With the protective mulch of fellowship with other believers?
The lessons are there, not because some goofie, fat, bald guy likes to stretch things out into metaphors, but because the One who designed the system planted the lessons there. So that one day, He would reap a harvest.
The Delay can be a long time sometimes. But eventually the harvest comes.
Don’t miss the harvest.
It’s so true that the Bible is filled with agricultural metaphors and images. As our society becomes increasingly separated from the production of our food, those images tend to lose their impact. That’s a shame.
Perhaps my favorite agricultural reference in the Bible is the prophecy that we shall someday beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. In other words, we’ll convert our weapons into farm tools. I love that thought.
That will be a great day. Thanks.
Keith, good food for thought. I will be heavy into planting next week if the ground is dry enough. We are in a rainy stretch. When the soil is ready tomatoes, green peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons, and maybe a zucchini or two. Oh, yeah, and lets not forget the green beans.
I’m trying to seed some wisdom both spiritual and physical into my grandson who lives with me. A couple years ago, I let him plant some sweet corn for him to see just how long it took to grow until we could eat it. He’s really not into gardening but has come to appreciate how long it takes to grow food and the farmer that grows it so we can buy it from the store. The connection of food in the store to the farmer that grows it has been broken and time to get food is how long does it take to get to the store.
Have a great delay day.