Over the weekend, my husband and I headed to his home farm to join in on soybean harvest. While we were combining a field on Saturday, I started to think about how the view from the combine cab is different from that of the truck cab or other areas of the farm.
The driver has to watch the grain going in to adjust based on the results, watch the different numbers and other information coming at them. Not only is the driver watching those things, and much more, but they can see across the field to who is coming or leaving with a truck, how much has already been harvested (which gives one a good feeling) and how much is left. There is so much going on, plus I like to sit next to the driver and talk or ask questions, that sometimes I wonder how a farmer does it.
But, what they can’t see is that once the trucks leave the field, they are being unloaded successfully into a bin or dryer/bin setup and the grain tested for things like moisture content, temperature and weight. They have to trust that those things are being taken care of and wait to hear the results view radio or cell phone.
Life is like that in many ways. We can see all that is going on around us, and think that we have a full picture. In reality, even when we are driving the combine and keeping track of everything, we cannot possible DO everything. We have to rely on others to help and bring back the results so we can piece together the big picture. That is why He calls us a “body.”
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and help together by what every join supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” -Ephesians 4:11-16
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I can’t imagine what it would be like as a farmer trying to do everything on your own. I’ve always known my Father and Mother to operate as a team to harvest our crop. And as my brothers and I grew, we became part of that team in different ways, too. Of course, we always reported back to Dad, so he could make the best possible informed decisions for our farm and family based on all of the information, not just what he can see on his own.
In our personal lives, we trust the Lord knows the big picture and that He shows us the things we need to know to make the decisions that best serve His purpose for our lives. And as we serve Him willingly and seek to please Him in our decisions, we slowly gain insight into that bigger picture. It makes me feel a bit relieved to know I do not have to try and piece together that larger picture. But it also challenges me to trust the Lord’s Will, because I have no idea where a life serving Him might lead!
No matter if I have good or hard times ahead, I know I have the Body of Christ to serve with and to encourage me. And I find joy encouraging others as well!