It’s Sowtime!

It’s Sowtime!

It’s Sowtime!
Spring is in the air. It’s time to sow seeds, plant flowers and wait as the earth springs forth the beauty of all your hard labor. Only problem I have is that I’m not very good at the planting or the waiting. I’ve killed cactus because of too much water and pansies because I talk too much. Someone once gave me baby’s breath to plant because they believed that in no way shape or form could I destroy it. Let me just say that the baby’s breath stopped breathing. My first experience planting any kind of flower seed were four o’clocks. Truth be told I wanted the fruit of my labor without doing the work it entailed . I wanted the beauty of the flower but I didn’t want to wait. So I stood out in my front yard, opened up the packet of seeds and twirled around until there were no more seeds left to scatter. That was the extent of my hard labor. No tilling, only twirling. No sowing, only twirling. No watering, only twirling. Surprise, surprise no four o’clocks! I want the sowing to be easy and the evidence of my sowing to be immediate! I want to watch the seed sprout, the bud grow and the flower bloom. I want to breathe the sweet fragrance and meander in the beauty of it all.
Sometimes when we don’t see the harvest of our labor I think our natural tendency is to give up and give in to that old sinful nature just so we can get what we want, when we want it and in the very way we want it! But God’s word says that if we sow to please the Spirit we will reap the harvest, not in our time, but in the proper time if we don’t give up. So what are we to do?
Don’t give up! Sow! When your weary keep sowing! When the garden of hard labor looks more like a barren plain, keep sowing. When life hurts and the opportunity arises to plant one more seed of goodness, gentleness, kindness, hope and love, as it does each and every day, keep sowing! Plant when you are wind burned, sunburned and flat-out exhausted. Sow when your feet are aching, your hands are shaking and your heart is breaking. Sow at every opportunity. Seize the moment and the day. Sow!
If the garden of our life were to bloom right now and we would reap the harvest, what would it reveal about our relationship with our Lord and Savior? What would it reveal about our sowing habits or lack thereof? Would your garden be filled with fragrant blooms of a life dedicated, sold out and used up for our Jesus or would it just be a wasteland of useless, nasty stinkweed? Sow every opportunity you have! Sow, even if you are the only one sowing! So when the rain pours and when the sun shines, Wow! Why? Because you are “sow” in love with the King! Isn’t He reason enough?
“Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who 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. Therefore, as we have every opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6: 7-10

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  1. Growing up as a farmer’s daughter, I know what it’s like to plant and see the bounty of harvest yet I’ve also seen the fruits of labor wither in drought or drowned in flood. Although I no longer directly plant and harvest as a farmer in the field, I am part of His garden of life (as you’ve described).

    The other difficult part is fighting off the weeds. The nah-sayer weeds, the grumpy weeds, the weeds of disappointment, the weeds of sorrow, the weeds of heart ache… we all have our occasional weed – and sometimes our garden seems to be taken over by them. God gives us a parable of weeds in Matthew 13:24-43 – to let the weed and crop grow together – pulling the weeds may uproot the crop – they will be separated at harvest. With this, we can be assured that no matter how tall or how strong our weeds of life may seem, our harvest is in His hands and our crop, no matter how big or small, brings Him glory.

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