Harvest Rains

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The rain pelted against the window shield and we heard the squeak of the wipers as they brushed back and forth … back and forth.  Farmer Dean and I were on our way to run some errands since he couldn’t work in the field.

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I looked at his face as he drove, intent on keeping the car on the road, and I felt sad for him.  Fields and fields of corn and beans were just sitting there, waiting for him to combine them and bring in for the harvest.  Just then he started talking.  When Deano finally talks, you must listen, because it’s a rarity!  

He was worried about the crops as he began to explain to this city-girl just what happens.  He told me that it never ceased to amaze him how farmers take one little kernel of corn and put it into the deep rich soil.  It begins to grow and months later that one little seed that has been placed into the ground, sprouts up into a stalk with several cobs of corn on it, creating many kernels of corn. 

Dean began to tell me this, “Kathy, I totally understand what Jesus was saying when He talks about the parable of the seed in the Bible.” 

“What do you mean?”  I questioned. 

“Well, Jesus says when the seed gets dropped, the bird eats it.  It’s not planted in the soil. Then, when the seed gets planted with the rocks, there isn’t enough soil and it withers.  When planted with the thorns, the seed is choked out.  But when we plant it in the field, in the soil, the roots take hold and you have a good harvest.  Your efforts are rewarded.” Dean answered. 

I looked at him and thought to myself that I have heard that parable since I was a child.  Finally, someone got through to me because I could really hear it … I could really get it.  

Every year I watch as my husband and Uncle Gary go out with the big digger and rip up the black soil in those many fields they own, behind the houses.  Then, they take the planter, and in go the seeds.  Now that it’s harvest, it was time to see what happens when the seed is planted, takes hold, and produces a crop.  I get it!  When Jesus says, “Whoever has ears, let him hear,” Matthew 13:9 states and  now I understood it at a deeper level. 

My mind began to turn and twirl and I said to Deano, “I get it now.  When we are working to help others learn about God, planting seeds, even just caring about them and loving them, the seeds of the knowledge of Jesus as Savior, is planted in the soil of their hearts.  It’s important for us to make sure it’s planted deeply so it can take hold and grow roots. 

“ And once it does grow roots, how wonderful it is when at times, we can look at someone’s life, watch how they’re affecting others for God, and know that we had a part in planting seeds that are bearing much harvest.  Amazing!” I said. 

The rain had stopped and Dean and I pulled back into the driveway.  As we got out, I looked far across the fields, staring one by one at the tall corn that needs to now come out of the field.  It’s a crop … it’s a harvest of plenty. 

Today, I’m challenging us to make efforts to help those people who God brings into our lives.  Let’s look at the field of their soul.  Let’s love them deeply, plant good things for God in their hearts and minds, and watch God make the seeds grow.  Let’s love people, share with them about Jesus’ love, and make a great harvest for God! 

(Matthew 13:18) “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

 

 

  1. Kathleen Sogge10-16-13

    Thank You Dean & Kathy for your passion to tell people about Jesus and all you do for the “Harvest.”
    I pray your fields & God’s will come in soon!!!