It’s Harvest Time!

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Autumn has arrived dressed in gold and lavender. Aster blossoms explode in tiny, purple fireworks. Black-Eyed Susan’s chocolate-colored heads droop under clear, azure skies.

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Fall is here. The last red raspberries of the year plump up, sweet and juicy. Red apples hang heavy and low, warmed by the October sunshine.

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The long, growing days of summer have faded. The cicadas’ raspy love song has stilled. The afternoon sun, now more smolder than blaze, no longer clears the top of the ancient cottonwood tree.

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The time for harvest has come. The last hay bales of the year–dried summer days–sit huge and round, waiting to fuel bovine, winter dreams.

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Dust roils up from the bean head as the combine harvests soybeans, and tractors pull wagons filled to nearly overflowing.

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Farmers must harvest many acres in the next weeks in the days between rains, in the hours before the dew condenses, making the stalks tough and difficult to combine.

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Jesus understood harvest time. He recognized the size of the task, how much grain needed to be gathered in and how few there were to do it. Right after he had talked with the Samaritan woman at the well, He spoke to His disciples about the harvest of souls.

I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!   John 4:35   MSG

Is God calling me to help with the harvest of souls? Where? How?

Is it in a place or among a people I didn’t think would be receptive to the Gospel?

“What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”  Matthew 9:37,38   MSG

Have I prayed for more people to help with the harvest? Have I prayed for those who already are?

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Do you remember what happened in Samaria after Jesus talked with the woman at the well?

The spiritual harvest was a bin-buster, full and overflowing!

Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: ‘He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!’

They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, ‘We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!‘   John 4:39-42   MSG

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Posted on October 2, 2015, in Devotional and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Beautiful photographs and inspirational words, as always. I always get a great boost from your blog! God’s peace and merciful love be with all your readers.

  2. Constance, your pictures are breathtaking. In a world so different from mine as a city dweller, they draw me in to pause, and to pray. I am grateful to have found you at Barbie’s Weekend Whispers link-up.
    Peace and good to you, in Jesus’ name,
    Amen
    Chelle

    • Thank you, Chelle! I’m so glad the glimpse into my world can minister to you. Sometimes we have to stand back and see things from a different perspective to hear God’s whispers. Thanks for your prayer for peace.

  3. It is harvest time – time to gather the wheat into the barn. I pray that I can be a quality helper for the harvest !!! Appreciate you sharing this reminder that we need to be about our Father’s business. Blessings

  4. What gorgeous images of the changing seasons! I miss the country fields where my mother lives. To see them always makes me crave simple – to return to those days without technology, those days when we had a lot less worldly distractions! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you, Carrie! Every area has its own beauty and things to be thankful for. I’m enjoying the the change in weather and look forward to the trees changing color.
      I think many of us crave simplicity (I know I do) but can’t live without the benefits of technology. (We are enjoying the internet and our computers right now.) I pray we find balance and make wise decisions about our possessions and our lifestyle.

  5. Can’t describe everything, but sure can say “WOW!!” Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Your photos are amazing and the words right along side are a beacon that leads us, and challenges me, to look more deeply at the message His World reveals and reapplies in His Word.
    Thanks so much!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  7. We live across from a large field – last year it was corn, this year soybeans. I love witnessing the whole process and I often wonder how much we miss understand or under-understand because we’re no longer very familiar with the agricultural images Jesus used. Thanks for being part of #SmallWonder, Constance!

    • Thanks, Kelly! Even a small garden can help us understand the cycles of life and death, planting and harvest. (In case other readers don’t know, farmers alternate corn and soybeans because corn uses a lot of nitrogen and soybeans fix it into the soil.) Thank you for reading and commenting.

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