Monday, October 09, 2006

Harvest Time

I thought she said it wonderfully. A seasoned mom -- is that an okay thing to say, Helen? -- was comparing the reaping and sowing we do as mothers with planting and harvesting a garden. There is a season to reap the harvest and a season to sow the seed.

We live in the age of convenience. In our culture we are accustomed to having apples and oranges year round or roses whenever we want them. But in God's economy, such delights were only intended to be enjoyed in their season. We've been not only spoiled, but have lost touch with the reality of seasonal fruits. Gone also is the idea of working without instant reward. We have forgotten that some things take time.

There are seasons of motherhood where, as she so aptly said, there is no give and take. Well, there is -- mother gives, gives, and gives while they take, take, and take. That is by His design. It is the season of sowing, tending, weeding, and watering. There is no fruit on the vine. Maybe a small bud is developing, but full grown fruit is yet in the form of promise. But for those who labor faithfully -- and prayerfully, for most certainly He brings the increase -- the time to harvest will come. Most assuredly, it will come.

So look to the harvest, moms and dads -- look ahead, labor accordingly, and your reward will come in abundance. The lord of the harvest will be faithful to bring a bountiful ingathering.

7 Comments:

Anonymous jackie said...

Great reminder and great meeting last night. Thanks for sharing your heart and home with some of us who are still "in the trenches!"

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really was a wonderful time last night. The sharing was encouraging, the fellowship was uplifting and the prayer time was precious. I am so glad that He is our source! He will never fail us. I love revisiting the, "big picture." Thanks!
Judes

12:00 PM  
Blogger thisrequiresthought said...

rsvp for Thursday eve: count in Ana and myself.
can we bring something yummy to eat?

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Paige said...

You have no idea how much I needed this right now...thanks!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous LisaCriscitello said...

First, thank you for opening your home. Second, your heart. And last, my eyes.
You always bless me.
God is so generous to have put me in your path and that of your entire family. You are of great value in His kingdom. Thank you for choosing obedience.
P.S. So Timothy's math is working out fine. I didn't go with Saxon and I regret it now. I'll soon be ordering him the 1st grade (a grade lower than he is officially in) and I am very confident in my decision (thanks to your advice back in the beginning of the summer). Yesterday I heard one of the builders ask Tim to give him an inside dimension of one particular doorway. After a brief pause I heard Tim yell out, "92 and a half!" Then the father asked the son if he was going to double check that. He said, "I already measured it- he's right on."
I laughed. Yeah. He's good. He's good.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it's really very good to be a seasoned mom! As I looked around the room, I was brought back to years ago when i was flooded with many insecurities. He has been so faithful- what joy to tell that HIS ways are the best ways!
Helen

8:04 AM  
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