Seed . . .
Cristal was so excited. It was her first garden. She had gone to the store and bought some wonderful heirloom seeds. After having gotten on the internet, she learned that she had to till the soil, add nutrients, and get it ready to receive the seed. She worked very hard.
When the seeds were in the ground, she marked each row. In one row, there was carrots and another had beets and yet another had onions. When she went to the nursery, she bought some tomato plants and some pepper plants.
Impatiently, she waited for the seeds to break the ground. She would move the soil and peek at the seeds. It seemed that they were just lying there. She watered them again. The next day, she looked and still there was nothing, so once again, she moved the dirt so that she could look at the seeds. It was very disappointing.
Time . . . . .
Her grandmother called and asked her to come to visit for a week. Cristal hated to leave the garden, but grandmother seemed lonely. She went out and watered the garden very good and then packed the car and left for her visit.
When she came back home, she turned off the car and ran back to see the garden. To her shock and suprise, there were little spears of life coming out of the ground. Tiny plants were pushing their way up toward the sun. She scratched her head in wonder. She had left them alone and they had sprung forth from the seed that she had placed in the good soil. She had only to wait.
Her mouth watered in anticipation of the day, when the full plant would bear its bounty. “Time,” she thought, “time is an important part of the process.”
Christians plant seed in so many ways. It can be money, time, smiles, clothes, furniture, houses, cars and lands. We must remember that there is life in the seed.
The seed we plant will bring forth a harvest after its own kind. We, too, get anxious to receive a harvest. We will worry our seed, but we need to remember the lesson that Cristal learned. It takes time. Time is the key to the harvest.
We have quoted Ecclesiastes and said, “Seed-time and harvest” thinking it was about seasons, but the lesson is about waiting and resting. We lay the foundation – till the soil of our hearts by giving our lives to the Lord to change us into suitable ground to bear the seed. We give our tithes and offerings to the place where we are being discipled. We give our material goods to those who have need of them. We give our time in service to others. When we get weary, we may think that we won’t receive a harvest.
In Galatians we read, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
What are you sowing? Are you giving smiles or frowns, joy and laughter or complaints and sarcasm? Are you sharing the material goods and the money God has entrusted to you?
Remember this important lesson – we reap what we sow – later than we sow and greater than we sow.
Think of the corn seed. You put it in the ground and in time the plant comes up and the ear appears with row upon row of corn for seed and eating. It is a good picture of how the principle of sowing and reaping works. Don’t eat all your harvest but sow some of it again to continue reaping a harvest.
What are you sowing? Share a time when you reaped a harvest.