Sept. 1, 2013: Yep, here it is again...September..and the beginning of the "harvest time". Everyone said yesterday at my house that I was jumping the gun on Autumn with my fall decorations out already. Just couldn't wait any longer...I am SO ready for fall...how about you? Here's what I wrote 3 years ago and updated last year, and here I am again. Happy September, everyone!
I originally posted this back in 2010, and as I was looking for something appropriate for the beginning of the harvest/fall season...this one popped up. September is my favorite month...probably because it is my birth month...and anything to do with fall, autumn, and harvest seems to elicit warm feelings of golden sunny days with clear skies and crisp, cooler air...I will be writing more about that in the days to come just to get the thoughts of cooler weather in my mind...(living in Florida we dream a lot about fall days...)
Anyway, back to the present...or the past...or well, read on...
We used to sing a hymn in church called "Bringing in the Sheaves". As a kid I wasn't too sure just what "sheaves" were supposed to be. I always thought they were saying "bringing in the sheets", you know, on washday, when our mothers brought in the sheets from off the clothesline? (Love that fragrance...there's nothing like putting clean sheets fresh off the line on the bed and falling face first into the billowy white linen and taking a deep comforting breath...aaaahhhhhh...) Pardon that brief interlude into sweet memoryville.
|Sheaves of Wheat|
Many of my friends have been going through a season of sorrow during the past year, myself included. We have sown many a garden of tears and anguish. Our sorrow and weeping have been from many different sources: Some have lost their jobs, mates, marriage, friends, homes, health and life's dreams. But the thing that all of my friends have in common is that during their time of sadness and disappointment, they have been sowing seeds for a better life. In the midst of their struggles they have discovered new hope, new talents, new friends, and even new dreams. Here is a little list of some of the new ideas and "sheaves" that are now being harvested by those who once were at the point of giving up:
- Starting a new business from home...pet sitting, health food sales, catering
- Combining households of parent and adult children/grandchildren following the death of a mate
- Carrying on the outreach ministry of an evangelist husband who died from cancer
- Starting a diet and exercise program for health reasons
- Writing a blog as a way to reach out and encourage others
- Taking a wilderness survival course
- Going back to school
- Starting a new way of life following a near-death accident that resulted in brain injury
- Wife stepping up to manage husband's tree-trimming business following his near-death accident that left him with some brain injury
- Overcoming fears to be able to travel and visit loved ones and friends
- Starting a brand new job after many months of searching
- Moving to another state to find a new job after many months of searching
- Starting life over after spending many years in incarceration, and facing an extremely unwelcoming and unforgiving world, but determined not to give up.
My prayer tonight is that for everyone who is still "sowing in tears", that we will soon be able to "reap in joy". Furthermore, I pray that we will all soon be able to "come again with rejoicing", bringing our sheaves with us. Let us not forget to give God the glory when that day comes.
"Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful." Psalm 147:1
Psalm 126:5-6 "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Since this was originally written in 2010, some of the people "mentioned" in the list above have had their successes at their new starts in life...others may have had to sow more seeds and are still waiting for the harvest to come in. The important thing is, they are still persevering in their faith...they haven't quit trying. God is still blessing, and in some cases, still carrying them through the dry seasons of life. I could add others to this list who have gone through deep trials and challenges...and who have seen doors closed and new windows opened in their lives. Life goes on...the characters in the story may change, but the plot is still much the same. Psalm 126:5-6 is still true, no matter what. I trust you will find that to be true in your life as well.