Ok, so I know it is cliche to say, “You reap what you sow”, but it is true! It is harvest time so the application is quite literal. A few months ago, tiny seeds were planted. ..Seeds that held the entire DNA structure of a full grown plant. Some seeds were so small, I wondered if we even got them in the right spot. However, here we are during harvest and we have fruits and vegetables, bounty–produce–from the full grown plant.

I suppose I’m easily amused since the act of gardening seems so amazing to me. One tiny seed, dirt, water, and sunshine… A small act with repetative tending. The process has the potential to fill a pantry for the winter.

Maybe it excites me because it gives me hope. Maybe watching this cycle truly gives me hope for myself and life around me.

Perhaps your thoughts take you to places like mine have before: “Will this ever change?” “Why are things looking like this?” “My daily actions seem to be unnoticed or not needed.” But then: Then a tiny seed, seemingly insignificant, when dropped in the right environment produces a harvest.

Is it possible that the DNA of something bigger is planted in me? Absolutely! Not only me though, you too!

Something to consider however: sometimes my dreams are like an orange tree. Unfortunately, an orange tree cannot grow in cold climates. Neither will I thrive in every situation. Each season, I must take a look at what God placed inside of me for that time and make sure I’m planting in the right spot. If I’m in fertile soil, there will be fruit. If I’m not, then I must plant in a different spot.

This doesn’t mean that I pack up and move every time I feel a tug in a new direction. It just means that I look at the resources around and invest in what will bring fruit. Is it a certain person? An activity? Often it changes, but it will be rewarding. Quite often, it will not be what onlookers expect.

I don’t always know what I harvest internally, but as I pick a plethora of  tomatoes and peppers, I have tangible evidence that big things can come from small beginnings. Let’s look around and see where we are best planted in our current season. Imagine the fruit!


Almost There

The time is nearing. There is only about a week left.

It is almost sale day for us.

Sale day is hopeful, yet nerve racking. Since this year we did not contract our calves ahead of time like we have in the past, it’s a little more interesting. We hope the price is good that day. Even more so, we pray we’ve done our best.

This little herd we are selling was entrusted to us. Sure, we bought the calves, but there is a sense of caretaking. Did we help them grow and mature? Did we do the best with what we had? Did we provide for them well? Truly we want the best for our animals.

It’s not just this little bunch though. What are the other fields around me? How can I do the best with what I have? At the end of the day, we hope we’ve made the most of our resources and blessed the animals in our care. May the fields be ripe around us to care for the things in front of us. May all our resources be blessed as we pursue that which is in our hearts.