A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:2
Pretty isn’t it? Ready for harvest! If you drive around where we live right now you can find lots of fields like this along a lot of backroads.
Reminds me of how the Bible uses agricultural imagery to teach us about God and our relationship with Him. Farming is like the process of becoming more like Jesus Christ in at least a couple ways:
- You can’t do it without God. Ask any farmer and they’ll tell you they pray for rain. It’s all dependent upon the sovereignty of God. Same with spiritual growth. Jesus said “apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15)
- You have to do something for it to be productive. Again, a farmer will tell you farming takes hard work to be successful. By God’s grace, we have role in our Christian growth as well. The Apostle Paul said “discipline yourself for godliness” (1Timothy 4). The old saying “don’t lean on a shovel and pray for a hole” applies to farming AND spiritual growth.
It’s truly amazing if you think about it. God has uniquely arranged farming and Christian growth so that He gets all the thanks and glory, but man is included and made an important part of the process.