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.