As we near the much-anticipated cooler weather of fall, I am reminded that this is the time of year that farmers have worked toward since the end of harvest last fall.  My Daddy’s family were farmers and there is still a bit of farming that goes on near the homeplace of his birth.  It’s hard work and the work that is put forth is not always rewarded as you would hope or expect.  Weather, pests, and disease as well as current crop demand have huge impacts on the bottom line, even with all that effort.  But if you talk to those who are passionate about farming, they will tell you that there is nothing they would rather do than farm.  It’s in their blood you might say.  For all of creation began in a garden and all of humanity play a role in how we care for what God has entrusted to us.

I don’t have a green thumb when it comes to gardening, though the plants in my office are still living.  I have tried it time and time again but it seems that I’m always a bit late or a little early in putting the seeds or plants into the soil.  You see there’s a process that has to take place before we can benefit from the harvest.  The seed has to germinate in the right soil conditions and then it must have the correct amount of water and sun light to produce its fruit.  Jesus told a parable about seeds and soils in Matthew 13:3-9, “Then he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.'”  And then He explained it to His disciples in the same chapter verses 18-23, “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.  This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the world, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.  This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

May these words that Jesus spoke be to us the wisdom we seek, the lives we live, and the blessings we give.  For there is a harvest, “Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'”  Matthew 9:37-38

Let us be the ones who hear His call to be His workers wherever He is calling us to be sowing His Good News.  God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

In Christ’s Love,

Rob     Romans 12