I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA where springtime is a frenzied time of planting. It smells really bad in our county, from one end to the other. It’s that magical manure being applied to help supply the ground with needed nutrients for the soon-to-be-planted seeds. The farmers are busy as they move their equipment from winter storage to field after field. Quite honestly there is no such thing as a lazy farmer; he or she is fully expecting a future crop. It is why they work so tirelessly day and night. From our home, we can hear the diesel tractors running through the night and catch their lights shining into our windows.
I have never met a farmer who doesn’t expect to yield a crop. They work and labor in anticipation of the forthcoming seed growing into a harvest. And all along the way, there are factors the farmer cannot control, e.g., too much rain, too little rain, wind and even varmints eating the crop. Every time I witness their faith I think of a verse found in II Corinthians nine, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
I am “farming” this year as well. I have one tomato plant on my front porch. I am expecting a harvest, albeit a small one. I’ve sown sparingly and I’ll reap what I have sown, a little fruit. But my farming neighbor is going to reap heaps, truck loads that will fill his barn and his grain elevators. He will feed his livestock and his family for the coming year because he has sown generously.
What seeds are you planting and what size harvest are you anticipating?