What’s In Your Harvest?
As the days begin to inch longer, and the air begins to get a bit warmer, it’s easy to see we are quickly approaching Spring. And with each new season, there is always a guarantee we will be greeted with new blooms or colorful leaves, bright sunshine, or fresh falling snow. As gardeners are getting their garden beds ready for pre-spring planting, we are reminded of the promise of the harvest that comes later.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard, in a belittling tone, “Whelp, you reap what you sow”. Yeah, me too. It was usually something my mom would tell me after I got a bad grade on a test for which I didn’t study. It was a hard lesson to learn then, but an even harder lesson to learn as an adult. In Matthew 13 and Mark 4, Jesus talks to us about the sower sowing. He tells us how some seeds fell along the roadside, and were eaten by birds. Other seeds landed among rocks, sprung up, but were scorched by the sun. Then other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up and choked them. Then there were the seeds that fell upon the good soil, yielding a good crop. I don’t know about you, but I want that! I want that good crop!! I want the things that I do in life to yield good results!!! And if that is what I want, then I better check the pH balance of the soil of my heart.
There are people and circumstances in our lives that are really going to tick us off, aggravate us to the point of wanting to throw down. But we get to choose how we will respond. We can respond with aggression and hostility, or with patience and kindness. We can respond with arrogance and rudeness, or with humbleness and sensitivity. We get to choose if we want to plant the seeds in soil filled with bitter resentment, or in soil of forgiveness. But wherever we choose to plant those seeds, we need to know those are the plants we will be eating from later. And there’s nothing worse than biting in to a sour grape!