Well, it is that time of year again! My absolute FAVORITE time of year: Corn Harvest! Yes, you heard me. Harvest is really a separate season on the farm, and one that a lot of hard work and anticipation goes into.
Now your question might be, why do you really like corn harvest so much and what makes it different from other farming activities? There is really no way I can fully answer that in a way that you can understand without experiencing it. However, I’d still like to share with you a little piece of my favorite season.
As I’ve shared previously, I thrive off of activity and social time. And in my family, corn harvest involves long hours with equal amounts of time away from one another and working with one another. We heavily rely on the effort, hard work and expertise of one another and are each expected to do our part. Sometimes, that involves splitting up all night shifts to monitor the dryer or staying up until midnight to keep the combine running and then fuel and grease machinery when it comes back from the field in the dark.
Getting the corn out of the field involves hours and hours of harvest work. We start early, go late into the dark hours and then as we settle down for bed everyone gathers in the kitchen to snack and wind down for the day. That’s also when we all claim certain midnight hours for checking the dryer. And of course, I fall asleep to soothing sound of the dryer running in the distance (my favorite lullaby!).
Of course, there is another aspect to the craziness we call corn harvest: tired, worn-out, opinionated and driven family members all working together without a real break from one another for several week. You can image the moments of tension that might happen. But we all have learned the value of working together, and ultimately, we know that no matter what happens we rely on the Lord to provide for us. That fact alone is what gives us the trust in Him in both good harvest situations and unfortunate ones. Beyond that, He has provided for us eternally…which I am always reminded of during every corn harvest as we bring the crop in. What a blessing!
“And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39-40
The following are a few photos from this year’s corn harvests! Enjoy our little slice of fall!