Planting for the Harvest

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I love this time of year. The summer has cooled and gone for the year, leaving us crisp days as things change. Living in the country means I get to watch the farmer’s fields. It’s a busy time of year as they work hard and fast to pull the crops from the fields. Harvest is the focal point of their year and everything they do shows harvest is the key issue for them.

While their fields are covered with snow, the farmers are planning and working on machinery they’ll need for the season. During planting season they’re out there as early as they can be and put in as many hours as possible, knowing if they don’t get the seed in the ground, they can’t reap the harvest from that seed. In the summer they’re fertilizing and spraying and mowing in order to maximize their crops. They do what’s best for the crop so it can grow and produce as much as possible.

Finally, harvest comes. They’re ready for the long hours they know it will take to pull their crops out of the fields. In fact, the longer they’re sitting in the combines, harvesting crops (not broken down or stuck and waiting for help to arrive), the happier they are because it translates into an abundant harvest for them.

Around here, it’s unusual to see fields sitting idle. It’s just not done. And if a field is empty, there’s a very good reason for it. Farmers plant their fields because they want the harvest. Each and every step of the process is done with harvest in mind, not just the planting. Much of their time is spent on maintenance because if their machinery isn’t in good working order, they lose time for planting and harvesting.

Seeing the farmers harvesting and seeing the grain trucks running back and forth to the grain elevator makes me stop and think about what I’m working toward.

 

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. ~Hosea 10:12

Am I planting and working toward the harvest of my life?

Or am I just bopping along through life without a thought to the end, without a thought to what it is I’m supposed to be doing?

Am I planting enough seed for a plentiful harvest?

He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense. ~Proverbs 12:11

He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty. ~Prov. 28:19

The sluggard does not plow after autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing. ~Proverbs 20:4

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat. ~Proverbs 13:4

I don’t know about you, but I see some bare spots in my field. Time to do some planting for eternity.

 

*All Scripture quoted from New American Standard Bible.

Patty Wysong

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools two of her five children, but don't let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You'll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

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13 Comments

  1. What a fabulous analogy. As a “nonfarmer” I don’t think about all that goes on behind the scenes. I assume if I don’t see something going on, nothing is. But the farmer is ALWAYS working – as I should be.

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  2. I grew up on a farm and the changes of seasons were so much a part of our lives. I love how you compared farming with doing the work of the Lord, and I am reminded that serving Him and planting the seeds of His Word is an ongoing process. There is plenty of harvesting going on in the fields around me, and now when I see the farmers at work, I will be reminded of the call for God’s workers to do as they do.

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    • I love living in the midst of farms and watching the seasons come and go in the fields.

      Yes, we need to always be about the work God has given us. Sometimes that means we're "in the shop" doing work no one sees, but even then we're working toward that end goal of the harvest. 

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  3. Wow! God is teaching me so much these days about how much of my life I have wasted pursuing useless things. Thanks so much for being faithful to God in sharing what He is showing you, so that He will use it in our lives as well. As a visual learner, I will keep this "picture" in my mind as a reminder to focus on the harvest!

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    • Oh, I know all about time wasted pursuing useless things. πŸ™ It's so easy to settle into that pattern! Keeping the end goal in sight helps keep us out of that rut. That goal of doing what God has given us to do so we have a fruitful harvest FOR HIM. 

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    • The combines were out in force yesterday, gathering in this year's bumper crop before today's rain hit. How I pray that we might have a bumper crop for God!!

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  4. Needed this one this morning (again). What a fabulous analogy.

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  5. Welcome back, Patty. Don’t you love God’s classroom for our life lessons? Beautiful pictures and great writing πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Nancy. It’ll be interesting to see the shape writing takes this time. (and someone else gets the photo credit for this one. πŸ™‚ They did a fantastic job!)

      God is so incredibly good, even when we don’t understand what He’s doing and can’t see how something could possibly be good.

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  6. Beautiful analogy. Thanks for this reminder, I also have bare spots that need to be tended. Welcome back, Patty, so thankful He keeps prompting us to use our gifts.

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    • ((Rita!)) He’s THE AWESOME God. πŸ™‚
      Happy planting and tending. <3

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  7. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I loved reading the Little House on the Prairie books when I was young and how Laura described farming on the prairie always intrigued me.

    I always think about the lesson of depending on God when I think about the life of farming. And how sowing and harvesting is used in so many parables that Jesus told.

    Sometimes I grow very disappointed when I don’t see a harvest from things I have sown, but that is my impatience. God’s ways and timing are so different and higher than ours!

    You give us alot to think about today!

    http://www.kathycheek.com/2016/09/trading-my-flaws-for-gods-grace.html

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