Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. Amos 9:13 ESV
This scripture came to mind as I walked outside to clean out my garden.
At the end of August, just before leaving for vacation, I had cleaned out my garden. I removed all the plants that I thought were finished for the season. The only things I left intact where the bell pepper plants and the peanuts.
The bell peppers have been quite a surprise. I originally planted five of them. A few days later one or two died. So, I planted three more. One of those didn’t make it. Something kept pulling them up. So, I planted two more. I now had seven plants.
After several weeks, I saw nothing. No bell peppers at all. Still, I left them intact. Just before we went on vacation, they began to produce bell peppers…tons of them. I froze so many bell peppers, I couldn’t fit any more. I gave them away. And they continue to grow. This is now the end of September. They are still growing.
Before I pulled the plants up this past weekend, Brailee and I picked about twenty bell peppers. Why did I pull them up? It was time to plant the seeds for turnip greens.
This is what brought the scripture in the book of Amos to mind. It was time to plant again and I was continuing to harvest from my spring planting.
Reaping was still taking place. Even as I sowed seeds for yet another season.
I have thought a lot about the bell peppers over the past few weeks.
Instead of becoming discouraged at the plants that died, I continued to sow more. Each time a plant didn’t produce or remain, I not only planted one it its place, I increased what I planted. In doing so, I had enough harvest for me, Breanne, my Mom, sisters and neighbors.
I didn’t allow myself to become discouraged in sowing and quit. I continued to plant. I continued to sow seeds.
Galatians 6:7,9 says; Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
I did not allow myself to become discouraged…therefore, it was just as the word of God says, I reaped in due season. I reaped an abundance. And I continued to reap until it was time to sow new seed for a new season.
Today I want to encourage you. You have seed in the ground. Do not become discouraged. Your harvest may not come as quickly as you think. But it will come. God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, that we will reap. IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. If we do not allow ourselves to become weary.
“When you see the things of the world shaking – refuse fear. Keep your eyes on Jesus.” KP