Seed Time & Harvest

Years ago, my son, 9 years old at the time, and I were taking a walk outside through the park of the Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO. We saw colorful flowers, beautiful trees and different variances of God’s creativity and colorful ability.  It felt like the landscaping was strategically planted and placed to bring joy to the pediatric patients and their caretakers when they were able to get out of the hospital and take a short walk.  

As we walked, we saw an area roped off that was only dirt. There was nothing there but the dirt. It looked so out of place among the beautiful flowers and shrubbery. I was curious why there would only be dirt in the middle of such beauty and then I identified a small sign on a post that could only be read with intention as you got closer to it – so we walked close enough to read it.  The sign said something like, “It looks like there’s nothing planted here, but please be patient, there are seeds that have been planted and soon, you will see what has been planted.”  Ah, seed time and harvest!   

As we enter a new month, some say September is the beginning of the fall season and is the month where the pumpkin spice everything flood gates are opened wide.  Others say it’s the final hurrah of summer and attempt to cling to the sunshine and warmth.  In South Dakota, where I’m from, September is the month that farmers begin to plant their winter wheat, which will be harvested in the spring.   

“Seed time and harvest” is commonly used in the farming industry and implies that a harvest can only come from seeds that are planted.  A farmer’s way of life is just that, either their planting or they’re harvesting.  This concept isn’t new and it’s not only applicable to farmers.  

I think of Genesis 8:22 in the Bible that says – “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” 

One of the greatest principles in life is the concept of sowing seeds.  This concept teaches us the simple, yet often overlooked process of planting/sowing and harvesting/reaping in life.  Each 24 hours that we are given, equates to 1, 440 minutes and what we do in those minutes matter, because we are planting seeds every minute of the 24 hours.  And our seeds are sown into a variety of people + places, and the outcomes to the productivity of the seed determines mostly on where it falls.

Consider the seeds that you have planted and are planting.  Sowing the right seeds each day will produce a good harvest.  And I often remind myself that even tiny seeds can produce a big harvest.  So don’t underestimate the power of the outcome based on the size of the seed you’re sowing.

Some questions we can use to reflect on this upcoming season are: What is growing in your life?  Are you satisfied or dissatisfied?   

Let’s be mindful and deliberate in sowing good seeds of righteousness, love, compassion, and kindness for yourself, and you will reap steadfast a bountiful harvest!  Break up your hard ground so that the seeds will fall on fertile ground, that the Lord may come and rain righteousness and goodness upon you and your family. 

Prayer for this season:  Father, thanks for the reminder today that I am a farmer who is sowing seeds.  Forgive me for sowing negative seeds and expecting a good harvest.  I want to sow good seeds on good ground from this moment forward, so I ask for Your assistance to make me mindful of my desire for a bountiful harvest of Your goodness in my life and in my family’s life.  In Jesus Name, amen. 

 Mantra for the month 

I invite you to open the Bible and intentionally memorize 2 Corinthians 9:10.

“This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First, He supplies every need, plus more. Then He multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow.”

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