Harvesting

30 Aug

After living on an organic farm for a year, I learned a lot about the science of plants. I say science because there is a lot more that goes into growing/farming than just putting the seeds in the ground.  You have to understand different types of soil, fertilization, animals/ insects, filtration/ watering systems, plant life cycles, plant health and diseases, etc.  I had never realized how much truly goes into growing the food that we all can simply go to the grocery store, buy, and then eat.

A couple of years ago I started a garden in our back yard for the satisfaction of growing our own organic food and to save money.  Even after my year on the farm I still had new things to learn, such as how to organically keep slugs from eating all of our eggplant!  Well, after our 6 month trip to Brazil, our garden is in a sad state.  The peppermint and eggplant were casualties of too little water.  The basil and parsley survived, but are in need of TLC to get back to their healthy state.  It takes time to keep your garden healthy and when you don’t give the plants that time, you will see a difference.

Before the days of grocery stores and suburbs, most people understood all of the aspects of growing that I had to learn on the farm.  Here is a story about farming:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.  As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.  Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.  But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.  Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain.  Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant.

He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders,  so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

‘When they see what I do,
they will learn nothing.
When they hear what I say,
they will not understand.
Otherwise, they will turn to me
and be forgiven.”

Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?  The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others.  The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.  The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.  The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,  but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.  And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Mark 4:3-20

What can we learn from this today?  That it is our job to be out there planting seeds for the kingdom of God, watering those seeds, and helping them grow.

Jesus said to his disciples, “the harvest is great, but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37

So why not help with the harvest?

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4 Responses to “Harvesting”

  1. Manny August 30, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Your blog is a blessing of God for people’s lives!

  2. Carol Ann Hoel August 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    What a great post! The first part was very informative and set the stage for the Word of God about sowing seed. Thank you for sharing His Word and your farming experience.

    • lovemeanyway August 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks so much! I think that tying in the Word of God to our own personal experiences can be a great way to share His message 🙂

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