Life has a great harvest

By Joan Clayton

I love to see pumpkins in the fields this time of year.  Their beauty, especially with a slight frost, decorates God’s exquisite landscape.  The golden fields of waving grain brings the chorus of  “America, the Beautiful” to my mind and I want to sing it.
The crisp fall air with the flavor of autumn is here. I pray farmers will have good  weather to harvest a bountiful crop. Farmers are our food supply and I say a big “Thank you!” 
Last year, when Christmas rolled around I couldn’t throw my big pumpkin away.
I put it at the back of my flower garden just so I could see it from my window. With the many rains we had last spring I noticed something different. Huge, broad leaves began appearing with tentacles climbing up my pine trees. Big yellow blooms turned into tiny green bulbs. They grew into beautiful pumpkins and have made lovely fall centerpieces
for fall arrangements this year. God provided the seeds and I have enjoyed the harvest.
Each day you and I are planting seeds. Those seeds eventually bring a harvest, whether good or bad. Someone has said, “Bad seeds turn into weeds.” Sometimes I think I am the only woman who can grow healthy weeds in the wintertime. It is the same in my daily life. Before I know it, little “weeds” have begun to grow and even flourish.
If I am to reflect a godly lifestyle, it means that every day in every area of my life, I must be on guard for those subtle, sabotaging sins. The “little things” that are glossed over and overlooked.
The Bible warns me about the “little foxes that spoil the vines” (Song of Solomon 2:15). I need to be careful about what I hear or see. If I let my guard down my harvest does not go well.
I must guard my words for long before my harvest comes, the seeds are growing.
I heard a story about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. So he went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to take a big bag of goose feathers and empty it at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. The man then took many bags to many doorsteps and emptied them. Finally he finished the task and went back to the king.
“Now, what must I do?” he asked. The king replied: “Go back and gather up all of the feathers and refill all of the bags.”
So the man went from door to door, trying to fill each bag with goose feathers. He could not find a single feather. The man went back to the king and told him there were no goose feathers to be found. The king responded: “So it is with your words. They are carried on the winds, never to be taken back!” This man had a very poor harvest.
The Bible is my blueprint for a successful harvest. I have a responsibility, not only to my children, my husband, or my home, but also to the world. My life may be the only gospel some people will ever read.
To help us on the way to a good harvest, Philippians 4:8 helps us to follow the right path: “And now, brothers, as I close this letter let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.”