Sowing and Reaping

We have a paper-mache sculpture in our living room of a Mexican farmer holding a basket brimming full with grain. I can’t decide if the farmer is going to sow the seed or if he has just harvested the seed. Farmers do both.

At first I was dissatisfied with not knowing whether the farmer sculpture represented sowing or harvesting. I’ve since come to a peace about not knowing. Depending on how I feel on a given day, or even hour, I can take it whichever way I find most helpful to me at the time. Sometimes I need to be motivated to sow the seed of something good; at other times I need to be thankful for something good that’s come my way. Gumption to sow or gratitude in reaping, I need both in my life.

In fact, I usually need to be sowing and reaping at the same time. There are some areas of my life, we could call them fields, where I need to be sowing something good in what seems to be a barren landscape, those areas of life where not much good, if any, seems to be happening. Usually, if I look carefully, I can see an area, another field of my experience, where there is something good that can fill a basket of gratitude. I may not be seeing results in a certain facet of my life, and so I need to persevere at planting something good while at the same time I can see I’m harvesting the blessings of encouragement from someone close to me or seeing some positive results in another area of my life.

Yes, I like my statue of a Mexican farmer who is sowing, or is he reaping? His silent words are loudly spoken; I need to be always sowing in hope and reaping with gratitude!

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted…”¬†Ecclesiastess 3:1 & 2b


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