John 4:35 Do you not say, “Four months more and then the harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
After a long day at work, my husband and I like to take walks on the beautiful piece of property God has so graciously given us. During one of those walks, Tim showed me a field of wheat that a farmer he hired had planted on our twenty-one acres. It was gorgeous—all about the same height, golden brown, and blowing in the wind, like something you would imagine seeing in the movies. But then he told me, “It’s time to cut it down.” I exclaimed, “But why? It’s so pretty!” He smiled and said, “That’s why we planted it.”
I understood, but was disappointed. About a month later, we took another walk, but this time that same field was filled with weeds. The wheat was an ugly brown, and it was no longer all the same height. I asked Tim, “Why haven’t you harvested it?” He replied, “Can’t find a farmer to do it.” My husband is the greatest husband a girl could ever want, but a farmer he is not—a cowboy, maybe, but not a farmer!
“It’s a shame to have planted all those seeds only to let the whole field go to waste. The longer the field goes without being harvested, the more the weeds overtake it.” My thoughts reeled. Tim has been calling every day for farmers to harvest the wheat, but he usually receives the same answer, “We’re too busy,” or “Your field just isn’t large enough.”
The more I thought about the wheat in this field, the more my heart broke. The only way I could figure out how to harvest this field was to cut it down myself—stalk by stalk. Before you think I’m some lunatic or something, be assured that I don’t plan to do that! But I believe God never wastes a thing, and all things work to our good when we love Him. He used this experience to teach me a valuable lesson.
Could it be that God has sent us, the Women at His Well, a message today? I believe He wants to tell us, “The way to harvest in this busy, self-centered world is one person at a time. Don’t worry about what is in it for you, and don’t become discouraged if you don’t get to every person. Don’t make excuses. Just look around you and see who I have put in your path. If you don’t act soon, evil will spread. But take heart, for I have overcome the world. Look beyond what you see, think eternally, and persevere in My Power.” (This can all be seen in Scripture as well.)
Our Heavenly Father amazes me with His ability to take a field of wheat that looked like a hopeless disaster, and still use it to motivate us to take action to reach people. He never wastes a thing, and He’s still our Redeemer! What a joy it is to work in His field, doing His will. That is my spiritual nourishment for today. What’s yours? Jesus tells us to open our eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest today.
Drink the Living Water
Matthew 9:37 “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 13:36-43 “Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all wh o do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father. He who has ears, let him hear.’ ”
Joel 3:13-14 “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness! Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”
- When is the last time you took a walk, either by yourself or with a friend or family member to admire God’s creation? Describe a time when God taught you a lesson as you observed the natural world.
- What would you say is your own wheat field in God’s harvest?
- What do you need in order to be an effective worker in His field?
- What will be your reward?
Drenched in Prayer
Lord of the Harvest, I pray that You will send more workers out into your fields today. Prepare them, provide for them, send them and reward them with your spiritual blessings. And Lord, send me. Amen.
Deborah Lovett is a speaker for Women’s Events, Retreats, and Conferences. She is also a wife, mother of one daughter, one son, and an author. Her speaking has been noted as “genuine, open, contagious, and like fresh water to the soul.” Her inviting spirit draws women in~ allowing them to experience God’s love in a non-judgmental way. God has called her~ beyond a shadow of a doubt ~to equip women– person-by-person, city-by-city. She desires to educate women on how to ADVANCE to overflowing with an authentic joyful faith that attracts others to Jesus. Visti Deborah at: http://www.deborahlovett.com/