This time of the year becomes busy very quickly! Jason and I were up in the garden yesterday staking up our tomato plants. My leg rubbed against one of the green bean bushes and lifted it up. Hidden beneath the leaves were a mess of ripe green beans. We were not even thinking they would be ready or even that big already. However, with all the rain we have been blessed with these rows were ready to be picked. It reminds me of the beginning of Proverbs 10…
“A wise child brings joy to a father;
a foolish child brings grief to a mother.
Tainted wealth has no lasting value,
but right living can save your life.
The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,
but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.
Lazy people are soon poor;
hard workers get rich.
A wise youth harvests in the summer,
but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.” (Proverbs 10:1-5)
By taking the time to harvest what God has blessed us with, we can honor him not only in our words but our actions. The excess that we have will be used to help those close to us and those who are hungry. We can’t afford to be lazy with the time that we have been given. There is no worse feeling than seeing vegetables and fruit rotting on the vine and branch because you weren’t there to pick it. This translates to opportunities and relationships with others in our lives. By being close to God and steadfastly being in the Word, he helps us know when the harvest time has come. We can plant seeds in the ground, and while it’s up to God to bring the growth, we must be there on the other side to reap the harvest.
“He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Matthew 9:37-38)