We were fortunate to end out our vacation this past week with a late afternoon/evening of barley harvest. It was my first (speaking of new experiences…) time harvesting barley ever…and I was blessed to share it sitting in the combine right next to my husband! 🙂
I just love harvesting. It means long field hours with everyone running around. And even better, to see the result of waiting for that crop to grow all summer long. Although corn harvest still tops my list, I enjoyed barley too. I especially enjoy riding in the combine next to my husband watching him intently keep track of everything going through the combine and visiting with him about random topics.
Watching grain go through a combine head is like watching a campfire. I can do it for hours and never get bored.
Seeing harvest also always reminds me how important farmers are to the world. They work hard to provide the food that we need to stay alive. And harvest is a wonderful time as they are able to see the fruit of their work! Many farmers enjoy seeing the result of their hard work.
Sometimes, we may be able to see the result of our work for the Lord and our prayers. But just as there is a small number of farmers in this world compared to the number of people walking the earth, there is also a small number of those laboring for the Kingdom. The Lord calls us to serve Him and spread His Word to those around us…in our families, neighborhoods, cities, country and the world. but, just as Jesus gave the disciples hope, we too have hope that the Harvest is plentiful.
“Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, ‘The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” -Luke 10:1-2
Continue to pray and labor for His Kingdom. Even if we are unable to see those who are harvested as a result of our effort, knowing that others have come to know the Lord is enough to keep me working!