It’s Fall, the harvest season with cooler temps, falling leaves, and harvests to reap. Most definitely a Pumpkin Patch field trip is in our future. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies, by the way, are even more amazing when made with fresh pumpkin,…and yes,…you can actually cook and eat those orange pumpkins you purchase a the grocery store! Bonus: you get pumpkin seeds,…and yes,…you can eat those, too. Just soak in a little salt water, and then carefully roast in the oven,…very delicious!
With homeschool we’ve been discussing Autumn, and all the seasons: Spring is a time for sowing, Summer is a time for growing, Autumn is a time of harvest, and Winter is a time of rest,…preparing for the next Spring.
Also we just completed a unit on ‘seeds.’ Our little guy was fascinated to learn that seeds have all their “future’ potential within their framework. In fact split a ‘bean’ seed and you can see the little rootlet,…ready to take off, already pointed in the right direction to grow and produce roots in one direction, a stalk, leaves, blossoms in another, and ultimately the harvest of ‘fruit.’
Those roots are buried deep,…seeking nutrients, they spread out providing stability to the entire plant, and that plant can only grow upward in measure to the root structure below. Without healthy roots, it’s impossible for a plant to thrive, much less produce fruit.
Jesus taught the Parable of the Sower in three of the gospels, Matthew 13: 1-23, Mark 4: 1-20, Luke 8:4-15,…where some of the seeds fell along the path and were eaten by birds, some fell along rocky soil, no where to root, some fell along thorns and were swallowed up, and yet others fell on good soil and produced a harvest,…“a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” – Matt 13: 8
“What was sown?” – something to ponder.
Even more pertinent, “What am I sowing?”
Galatians 6:7 “…you reap what you sow.”
Hello,…that’s a big gulp.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Obviously one would want to harvest ‘good’ fruit, but then it does reason in light of ‘…reaping what you sow,’ that one should be mindful of what seeds are being sown in their life.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
“Am I sowing: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?” – a humbling question to consider, and no doubt the Lord equates us so often with sheep as we so easily get distracted with life.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4: 8-9
Practice? Such as being mindful when we slip up. Oops, I could have handled that situation a little more lovingly. Or perhaps extended more kindness, or forbearance to others,…and/or myself. Let’s be honest, quite often it is easier to love others than ourselves. But then we’re supposed to “…love others as yourself.” What a paradox that can be. How loving, patience, gentle, kind,…ect,..are we to ourselves,…and by extension to others.
The best news here is that the Lord knows we’re not perfect,…and yet loves us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
John 15: 16-17 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
“What am I sowing?” Or rather “What should I be sowing?”
Love,…is the only answer. It’s the first Fruit of the Spirit mentioned. All the others sprout from its vine. “…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19