As I walked through the kitchen, I glanced over at the freshly washed, now drying, tomatoes.
My thoughts went back to this garden season. I was thinking about how each time I went to get vegetables, I felt compelled to take a gift and give something.
When my Aunt Sherry called and told me to come and pick Roma beans, I took her a gift. I took her some canning supplies and magazines. I knew it was things she would like.
A week or so later when my Uncle Bobby called and invited me to come and pick Blue Lake beans for frenching, I felt compelled to take him something also. I searched through my pantry, wondering what he would like. My eyes settled on a ten-pound bag of gourmet pinto beans from Colorado. I knew he would love them! He would even love the burlap bag they came in.
Just today I had stopped by my Moms to find my Aunt Judy had brought me some tomatoes. Before I loaded them, I went to the vehicle and grabbed her two things I had just purchased at the Farmer’s Market.
God never ceases to amaze me! Even as I was pondering about this. Even as I was wondering why I felt so compelled to give gifts as I received harvest, the answer came.
Within seconds, my computer dinged to alert me to a new email. I walked around the counter to read it. It was from one of our wonderful partners. She said, “I thought you would like this phrase.”
My eyes drifted down to the phrase she was referring to. It said… think of seed as a second crop.
This phrase in completion said; Think of seed as a second crop, one that will become years of harvest.
I believe with all my heart, that I have received this year’s harvest of free vegetables because of seeds I have sown with vegetables and canning over the past few years. That being said, I am excited that God is having me sow seed even as I harvest.
Why? To ensure years of harvest. A perpetual harvest.
I talked with Kelita about this later in the evening. She reminded me that as I sowed seed, even as I was receiving harvest from past seed, I was sowing first fruit. Wow…that’s even better.
Amos 9:13 says; Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes, the sower of seed. The mountains will drip with sweet wine, with which all the hills will flow.
I believe we are in such a time. Harvest time! But not only harvest time. Sowing seed time as well. I have sown seed every single time I have harvested vegetables this year. My seed is my second crop. My seed will yield years of harvest. A perpetual harvest. I thank God for this wonderful insight!
I have said it before, but it bears repeating. God’s ways are a process. Just as gardening is a process of sowing, tending and harvesting. So is God’s way of financial increase. Or any kind of increase really.
The time will come when the harvest is coming in so fast, the sowing overlaps it. It will happen. It will happen for you. I know it. I know it in my spirit. Hold fast to your promise of harvest. Don’t let doubt slip in. Hold fast to the promises of God for you. They are yours, nothing can stop them if you refuse to let go. How do I know? Because I know this…He is faithful.
“I encourage you today to enlarge your vision by dreaming again.”- KP