I stood in the field, with sweat dripping down my face.  As far as I could see, there were rows of tomatoes, ready to be picked.  I had never seen anything like it.  Row after row was filled with ripe tomatoes.  But that wasn’t all.  Besides the ripe and ready to pick tomatoes, there were thousands of green tomatoes, just beginning to grow.

These fields would have harvest for many more weeks!

I was astonished at the magnitude of harvest before my eyes.

It was very sad.  Why sad, you may ask?

Because the person who owned the fields had stopped picking for the year.  He was done.  He had all he needed, therefore, what was left would rot and fall off the vine.

This man was a friend of my family.  He told my aunt to come and pick whatever she wanted, he was finished for the year.

My eyes glanced around at these fields of harvest and thought of the many families that would love to have all these tomatoes.  But that was just my thought.  It wasn’t truth.  Many families had been offered the opportunity to come pick tomatoes for free.  Yet, the fields remained full.  Why?  No one wanted to do the work.

I picked tomatoes that day.  Enough for me.  Enough for my daughter.  Enough for my sister.  And enough to share with friends.  I can’t say it was fun.  It was extremely hot and sticky.  The boxes full of tomatoes were heavy to carry.  But I did it.

For days, the sight of those tomato fields stayed with me.

I thought of the scripture in Matthew 9:37 which says; 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.”

As I stood there that day, bent over in the heat of the day, picking tomatoes, my mind drifted to the word of God.  I thought about the scripture I just mentioned in Matthew 9.  Jesus said the laborers are few…He was correct then and He is still correct today.

This harvest would literally rot away because of one thing, a lack of laborers.  As I picked tomatoes with sweat pouring off me, I began to think.  I wondered if I had ever labored to the point of sweat concerning the promises of God.  Had I ever really, put this much effort into my prayer life?

I thought of Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane.  The Bible says He labored in prayer until His sweat became like drops on blood on the ground.  Can you even imagine that?  (Luke 22:44)

He knew He had to gain victory, for you and for me.  He labored in prayer.  He did not stop until He had victory.

He labored in prayer until He poured sweat.  Do we labor in prayer to that degree?  Do we labor in prayer concerning our harvest?  Are we that diligent to press in until we have our harvest in hand?

John 4:35; Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

I realized that day, there is harvest all around.  I knew God was speaking to me.  And He wasn’t only talking about this tomato field.  He was talking about OUR harvest, the one He has been telling us is ripe and ready.

Our harvest is ripe, we need only open our eyes!  It’s not months away.  It is here now!  We have to be diligent about the Father’s business.   We need to be pressing in through prayer.  Through the word of God.  Through spending time with Him.  The harvest is ripe…the laborers are few…will you be one of them?

What is our part?  How do we labor?  Well, you may be required by the Lord to get up and pray a certain time each day.  Or, God may wake you up to pray in the middle of the night, when you would rather sleep.  Whatever He says to do, just do it!  He is, after all, Lord of the Harvest.  Allow Him to lead you.

My prayer today is, “Lord, show us where our harvest is.  We will labor to bring it in if necessary.  Lead us in the way we should go.  Cause us to rise up and take our harvest.  Help us God!”

The harvest is ripe…Lord of the Harvest, here I am, send me, I will be a laborer, send me!  This is our prayer.

 

 

“It’s time to take down every giant and enter into our Promised Land.” KP

 


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