Pastor in the Pasture: A time for harvest
September 1, 2016
The fruit of production agriculture is going to be on us soon if not already. There will be crops to bring in and livestock to ship. This season is the culmination of all the preceding steps of plowing, sowing, cultivating, and coming soon is harvest. The livestock producer put bulls out last year, had a crop of calves, lambs or kids and now before him is the weaning process and shipping. Isn't it funny how we don't get impatient with this process? There are so many things in life that we don't have patience for but we should. I can't help but picture a kid headed to grandma and grandpa's house all the while asking, "Are we there yet?" I was that kid, you were that kid, but sadly in some areas we are still that kid. We get impatient with the fact that God doesn't move on our time or our schedule. We've all heard the saying, "If you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him your plans." I think if you want to see God "roll on the floor laughing" then tell Him your schedule. Just like waiting on the harvest, sometimes our schedule has to wait. A better way to put it is, our schedule should become God's schedule. Imagine what it would be like if we were that patient waiting on God or getting our schedule to mesh with His schedule. We know the schedule and routine in production agriculture and maybe that makes it easier. We know the time to plant and the time to reap. We know when to put out bulls and pick up bulls. What if we had the same mental process, preparation, and follow through with God's schedule.
We can see evidence of God's timing being the best timing. We look back at certain things and times in our lives and think, "Wow, I'm glad that didn't happen any earlier." I can remember one time, Norma and I put a house and 80 acres up for sale. It didn't sell and we were moving to a different town. The move came but the sale didn't. We kept waiting and waiting but no sale. Then we found ourselves coordinating a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our church and saw why we hadn't sold our house. We were presented information in that class that saved our necks. We could have done so much wrong and the damage would have lasted years and years. If we would have sold that house and property any earlier we would have made so many mistakes with the proceeds. God was sure looking out for us on that deal. After going through the class we had knowledge and were able to use wisdom to do some things we wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.
The Bible says, "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
That's the great thing about God's timing. If we can get on His schedule and "wait upon the Lord" then we can see His plan in His schedule. Where are you being impatient with God? What would happen if you got your schedule in sync with His? The answer you're looking for might be just a moment away.
I'll see ya'll out in the pasture!