Getting Ready For The Harvest
by Pamela Blaine
copyright, August 2004
visiting with folks we talk about a lot of things.
Most of us talk pretty easily to people as long as we talk about general
things like our jobs or hobbies. If
no other subject comes to mind, the weather is always a good source of
conversation. There’s usually
something to complain about. It’s
usually too hot, too cold, or if it turns out to be too good of a day to
complain about, then we can say, “Isn’t it a beautiful day?”
This is sure to spark more good conversation about fishing or a picnic.
often wonder why it is that we don’t seem to discuss important things very
easily with one another, and sometimes we don’t listen when important things
are being said because we would rather keep things superficial so we don’t
have to make any choices or decisions.
seem to think if we work hard enough, keep the music playing loud enough, and
move around fast enough then perhaps we won’t have to think about it.
As much as we like to pretend that tomorrow is always going to come, deep
in our hearts we know the truth.
have found that there are a few people around us who try to talk to us about
important things. If we open our
hearts and our ears to listen we will hear them.
instance, a woman once told me that her five-year-old son asked her the
question, “Mother, what are we here for?”
He didn’t mean what are we doing in this particular house or this part
of the country. The boy had been
contemplating the reason for his very existence.
It seems that children often think of simple, yet profound questions.
Perhaps their minds are not yet all stuffed full of the cares of life, or
they simply have not learned to hide behind a facade
as so many adults do.
I was curious to know how the mother answered the boy’s question. After all, at five he was still fresh from the portals of heaven and indeed, “What are we here for?” The mother’s wise answer was that we are here to love God and to love others.
the farmlands of Missouri it will soon be harvest time. This year the corn
was more than “knee high by the 4th of July” as the old saying
goes. Although there aren’t many elephants in the Midwest to use as a
measurement, I’m sure that the corn is every bit “as high as an elephant’s
eye”. The bean pods are filling out in the bean fields and the
silks on the ears of corn have turned from white to dark brown.
days have been cooler and folks have already been saying they have seen wooly
worms. All of these things are indicators of the fact that summer is
nearly over and harvest time is near.
the harvest time approaches, we prepare for it. To do otherwise would be
foolish and would cost dearly. Farmers and grain elevator workers check
their equipment so that when the time is right they will be ready because it is
possible to wait until it’s too late. There comes a time when harvest
time is past.
happens in our lives too. It’s important to be ready for the harvest.
Our earthly life doesn’t last and we don’t know when it will end. There
is a parable told about the harvest. Read it carefully because there is an
important message in it for all of us:
something important that will save your life."
See how it
is planted in rows?
this field was created by an intelligent designer."
nothing to do with a Creator. Corn always grows that way."
have been here since these stalks were just a foot
be prepared, because you don't know
what day your Lord is coming.”
Matthew 24: 42