The Farmer Waits
Posted on 10.06.2014
The Farmer Waits
Originally Posted on 5-28-13 / Updated and revised 10-6-14
As I travel each day I pass a farmer’s house. I blow my horn and smile and wave. He always waves back. Sitting under a shade tree, relaxing, he always has time for a friendly wave. It seems to me that he is watching his garden. Why wouldn’t he? In weeks prior, he has worked so hard. He has tilled the soil and planted the seed. His energy and resources have been put to use once more. He is invested, to say the least.
But he waits. He waits on the land to do what he cannot do. He waits on the seed to bring forth what he cannot produce. He waits on the rain and sun to nourish those seedlings. Ah, calmly he waits.
The old farmer knows this universal truth: “You can’t hurry the harvest!”
Only God knows how the crops will turn out this year for the old farmer. The farmer has seen both good and not-so-good crops over the years. But still he plants, trusting the land to yield its gift once more. Yes, he waits for when the picking is good.
You know, we could learn a lot from that old farmer. We, too, plant our seeds of faith in prayer and ask the Lord of the Harvest for many things: a touch of healing for a friend, a blessing for our business, a new opportunity - whatever the case may be. But unlike the old farmer, we want the answer NOW. But as the farmer knows and shows us all, you just can’t hurry the harvest. It doesn’t work that way.
We are in God’s garden of grace. He cares deeply about how we grow. He is invested. He shed His own blood, gave His own life for you and for me so that we could grow into His likeness. He knows how long we need to be in the ground. All of our dreams and hopes need the nourishment of troubles, trails and hardships. Growth never comes easy. He longs for mature children who can stand the storms of life because they are fully rooted in Him.
Remember, you cannot hurry the harvest. God is not concerned with time like we are. However, He is very concerned about timing. Relax and trust the Master. Wait on Him. Renew your strength. Harvest will come and it will be “Mmm, Mmm Good!”
Although I still pass his house often, I have NOT seen the old farmer this entire summer (2014). I’ve missed his wave. I was afraid he had passed away. Finally, last week he was back in his folding lawn chair. I gave a blow on the horn and an enthusiastic wave. He waved back with a feeble hand. Something within me said that I should stop and chat with him, but I didn’t want to intrude or scare him. Still, just a mile down the road I did stop, turn around and go back to say hello face-to-face. He was very kind, and I was correct in thinking that he had been very ill. I asked if I could bring him a CD or a DVD to help pass the time and he said, “Naw, young man. I don’t have anything like that in my house. I’m just happy to feel the sun on my face. Thanks for stopping by and for the friendly waves. That’s enough for me.”
I feel honored to have met the old farmer and shake his hand. And, I might add, learn a lesson that sometimes, “Less Is More” and “It’s Good To See The Sun.”
Oh What A Savior!