Seasons of Growth, Part 3: Harvest
It wasn’t the way I expected. It was mid-August, and Rob and I began heavy harvesting half our garden. It either had to be harvest time or destruction time. The new bike path would be blasting through the middle of our garden, and we would lose 3-4 tomato plants. The weather was strange this summer, and the harvest had been slow. The construction took half my garden, and I was tempted to give up. “Oh well, just let everything compost. Maybe next year will be better.” But I couldn’t just give up. I found some perseverance and began harvesting that half of the garden, transplanting what I could to extend the growing season for the peppers. I expected nothing from the remaining pathetic-looking garden. At the beginning of autumn, just before frost, we harvested anything remaining in “the other half.” All the investment seemed to pay off when I saw my countertops full of homegrown produce. With all the changes, I had never expected to reap that much.
Praise God the harvest isn’t limited to my plants. In this season of thanksgiving, I am truly rejoicing in all that God is doing among His people. For a year we have prayed, “Lord, stir up our spirits. Do Your work in us. Transform us by Your Spirit.” We know from Galatians 6:7-9 that the Law of the Harvest is always in effect. We plant, we water, and we reap. We reap according to what we sow.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This autumn, I thank God for His goodness to us. I thank God when I hear that some of you are casting off the old ways of sin and obeying the pattern of Christ. I thank God for the faith you are demonstrating as you seek to break generational patterns. Keep preparing the soil of your heart. Keep pruning the vines to increase the harvest. Keep persevering and working so that the harvest of righteousness will be great in your life and in the life of our church.
by Heather Soukup, Director of Women’s Ministries