“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” Ecclesiastes 11:4–6
Also: “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you”. 2 Corinthians 9:10
The Bible is filled with analogies of gardening and farming because God can teach us so much about ourselves and our relationship with Him through the concepts of ploughing, planting, reaping, pruning and harvest.
Any farmer knows that it’s pointless to even try to reap a harvest during planting season; and gardening enthusiasts know there are specific times for planting each type of plant, seed or bulb.
A farmer who is overly analytical about the wind or what the clouds are up to will never even get around to sowing his seeds and there will be no harvest for him.
How often in life do we wait for conditions to be “perfect”, or the way we think they should be? The farmer in this parable is overly anxious; constantly checking weather conditions and in the end he inadvertently lets a whole planting season go by, while his grain lies in the barn.
When God gives us Seed, it’s for sowing, not for holding onto! If I look at the circumstances, before I’m willing to do that, I might as well be saying to God ‘I don’t trust you to bring a harvest.’
Expect a Harvest
Often we plant seed and then sit back and just wait to see what happens, feeling we’ve done our bit. But different seeds are planted ALL YEAR ROUND. God gives us the seed to plant at the appropriate time and commissions us to sow – Whatever the circumstances may look like to us. Even when it doesn’t make sense to us. We can trust Him to bring about the harvest in due time. He is faithful!