It isn’t the first day the combine has been out, but it’s safe to call today our first official day of this year’s harvest. Our little man and I took a ride with Daddy in the combine and snapped some photos. It is hard to believe he was less than a year-old last year already at this time and riding in the combine!
So, if the combine has already been out, you might be asking “What makes today the actual start of harvest?” It really is a combination of things that make conditions just right to take the crop out of the field. Now is the season for wheat harvest and my Mr. has taken the combine out a few other days to check fields, but they were not quite ready to harvest until today. Some simple but important factors to what makes a field “ready” to harvest include how dry the plant stalk is, the moisture content of the seed kernel and obviously the weather conditions.
After visually seeing that most of the wheat in the field has changed from green to a golden yellow, we will go to a field and pick a few wheat heads, take out the kernels but rubbing the plant in our hands and then test the kernels. Often times the first “tests” involve trying to stick our finger nails into the kernel and tossing a few in our mouths to chew on. Too chewy and the kernels are too wet. We are looking for a harder shell on the kernel. But we also don’t want the grain to be too dry, so daily and vigilant checking happens to ensure we combine the wheat at the right percentage moisture.
Similarly, there are always a combination of factors in every person’s life that determine if they are ready yet to seek forgiveness and dedicate their life and worldview to Christ. If they aren’t, we shouldn’t leave them out in the field to get too dry, but instead check in regularly with them. When the Lord has prepared their hearts accordingly, we can be there to witness a great transformation. Even greater than watching a field full of plants turn into a truck full of wheat kernels that feed the world and give us means to provide for our family!
Happy Harvest 2017 to you and yours, we pray it is safe, bountiful and a family event!
“Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.” – Proverbs 10:4-5