Skip to main content

Bountiful Harvest

Try as I might, my gardening expeditions have produced very little fruit.  I spent about three years in a row working the soil, creating flowerbeds, and then planting the vegetables of the season.  My hopes - one of those above the ground beds of lush vegetable gardens.  My actual production - dead vines, undeveloped melons, and a tremendous harvest for the birds!  Did I harvest what I planted?  Most would say, "No", but when you explore the work performed AFTER the planting was done, you'd change your answer!!  

7-8Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
(Galations 6:7-8 The Message)

The fact remains, what is planted must be cultivated for it to grow to maturity!  We cannot simply prepare the soil, add some seedlings, then think watering will be enough to produce the harvest we hoped for.  The most successful gardeners actually spend time in their gardens!  I wanted to fruit of my efforts without the expenditure of much effort!  

For those of you who are avid gardeners, possessing the coveted "green thumb", you are probably shaking your heads about now.  In considering my silly attempt at "producing" a bountiful harvest, you probably feel like asking me what I was thinking!  The truth is, I wasn't doing much thinking at all!

I expected something because I put "some" effort into it.  I really did not apply myself whole-heartedly to the task of "maintaining" what had been begun.  This is often the case with lessons God is teaching me - I get it, commit to it, then somewhere down the line, I seem to fizzle out.  It is not God's doing which brings me to the place of looking at a lack of "fruit" from what he planted - it is mine!  

You may be surprised to find God has not moved the garden in your life!  He still watches over it - hoping for fruit.  What he is waiting for is our slowing down, taking the time for his Spirit to "turn-over" the soil of our garden, tending the tender leaves of new growth, until fruit is coaxed forth.  In order to bring forth the good fruit, he sometimes has to remove a few weeds which over-shadow the fruit he is producing.  

He is much more committed to this gardening process than we often are.  The fact is - we cannot deny the laws of sowing and reaping.  When we allow the birds to steal away the best of the harvest before it develops fully, or resist the pressure of pushing past the hardened soil of our hearts with the new growth he is producing, we will see much less of a harvest within our lives. When we yield to his "tilling" and "tending", the harvest is much richer - indeed, we'd call it "bountiful".  

Bounty is the opposite of stunted.  Bounty bespeaks the generous care of a loving gardener.  Stunted growth bespeaks the slow, almost stopped growth.  Both conditions of the "garden" of our hearts have signs of growth - but only one yields a harvest of highest worth.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce …

Give him the pieces

What or Who is it that causes division among you right now? Maybe it is more of a 'what' than a 'who' that is creating the division between you and something you need in your life. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction to something that keeps coming between you and true liberty from the hold that thing has on you. Yes, addiction is really the worst kind of enslavement one can imagine - being so emotionally or psychologically attached to the 'thing' that any attempt to break free causes so much trauma in your life that you just cannot imagine being free. But...God is above that addiction - he is stronger than the emotional or psychological pull that thing has in your life. Maybe the dividing force in your life right now is a 'who' - a tough relationship challenge between you and a coworker, a spouse that seems to no longer share your interests or values, or even a relative that doesn't understand some of your choices and now chooses to withdra…

Period!

When someone tells you that you need to wrap your mind around some concept, they are telling you that the subject at hand will take some effort on our part to actually get enough of a hint of it in order to even remotely understand it. The subject is complex, even a little overwhelming, and we will have to apply ourselves to really grasp it very well. We cannot wrap our minds around God's wisdom and knowledge - because it is infinite and our brains are sadly finite. We can only 'think' so far and then we have to 'trust'. Some of us think there is nothing we can trust if we cannot 'think' it through, but this will never work when it comes to our faith. Faith requires trust in what is unseen and not fully comprehended. The truth we believe is really building our trust, but until we approach God with more trust than 'thought', we will never fully grasp some of the things he has prepared for us.

We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledge…