If you plant tomatoes, you don’t harvest habanero peppers.
The law of the harvest never fails. You always reap what you sow. That can be a good thing and a not so good thing—depending on the seeds you’ve sown.
Right now it’s a good thing since it’s the end of the harvest. Nearly all of the tomatoes are gone from the garden, and the number of peaches at our roadside stand gets fewer each day. It’s my last chance to put summer in jars.
As I peel, pit, cut, and preserve, I’m thankful I didn’t quit gardening in the heat of July when I was weary of weeding and watering. Now I will be rewarded with summer tomatoes in February’s chili.
The same law applies in my spiritual life. In due season, the good seed of God’s Word and the prayers I’ve sown in the lives of others will reap a bountiful harvest and fruit of the Holy Spirit.
But sometimes the season between sowing and reaping seems long and hard. As we pray through the season of heated rebellion in the lives of our loved ones, we can grow weary and be tempted to give up.
If that is how you’re feeling, take heart and don’t quit. You’re not alone. God hears your prayers, counts your tears, and—though you may not be able to see it right now—is on the move.
Buy a jar of garden fresh tomatoes, put it in the pantry as a reminder not to quit, and keep on believing a harvest of good is coming.
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