Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ~Genesis 1:11-12 NIV
Today, the sun was warmer here in Ontario, Canada than it was in Florida, so the Harley was just calling us to ride. Todd and I answered its beck and call; donning helmets and biker boots for the trip.
Riding around, we saw farmers on tractors working their fields or planting crops. Many fields lined with sprouts beginning to grow. Clearly, it’s the season to plant!
I think it’s safe to say, there has never been a farmer who planted a seed of corn, expecting a harvest of potatoes. Farmers carefully choose what seed to sow, in order to ensure the healthiest plants that will yield the most abundant harvest. Farmers always plant for the right harvest.
Jesus often spoke in agricultural parables because the people of his day very much understood the principles of farming. Even though society isn’t so agriculturally based anymore, you’ve all done the seed planting experiment in school and understand that when you planted your bean seed, a bean plant was going to grow.
You cannot defy the set order of seeds producing fruit according to their kind.
Not for plants, not for animals, not for humans. Even the creation of the mule or finny from a horse paired with a donkey cannot reproduce. No matter how hard people try, they cannot break these original laws of nature God instituted during creation.
It’s illogical then for people to imagine they can plant seeds in their lives and expect the opposite result. You can’t plant seeds of discord and expect to harvest peace, to plant seeds of harshness, and expect to receive kindness, or to plant seeds of injustice, expecting a return of grace.
[tweetthis]If you want to see a harvest in your life, you need to sow seeds according to its kind. Plant for the right harvest![/tweetthis]
If you desire to see a harvest of friends, you must sow seeds of kindness. For a harvest of financial abundance, sow seeds of diligent labor. Want the harvest of a healthy marriage? Sow seeds of love, honor, faithfulness, passion and thoughtfulness. You can only harvest what you plant.
So, what are you planting this season? Make sure you plant for the right harvest!
Father… I’m so thankful for how You designed this world to function. Your ways make sense and I choose to follow them. I will plant the right seeds in my life, so in due time, I can reap a good harvest. Help me to discern what it will take to produce the fruit I want to enjoy and I will commit to sowing the right amount of that seed, to ensure an abundant crop. In Jesus Name…Amen
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I love the pictures you took. I love the premise too. I never thought to use it for the fruits of the Spirit too. We hear a lot of sermons or verses about planting seed but all it takes is one blog to pull it all together.
Thank you Sherry.
Thanks for your encouraging words.
Happy Planting Kathleen!
You make good points here, Sherry. “It’s illogical then for people to imagine they can plant seeds in their lives and expect the opposite result.” We do this too often, and then are surprised when weeds grow up. May we all be more intentional about what we’re planting this season!
Happy Planting Lisa!
I have been thinking more and more about the treasures I’m pursuing. This analogy of planting based on what I want to reap is simple but enlightening. Thank you for this wisdom.
That’s my goal in writing! Simple but enlightening. Praying the truth resonates deep in your spirit!
Good afternoon Sherry. You are a gifted speaker and devotional blogger. God has gifted you and you have thanked Him by passing what you along. I met you Saturday, May 26th at the Brethren in Christ Church in Stayner Ontario. I spoke with you briefly at the very end but we were interrupted. I continued my conversation with Muriel, who I believe set up the conference. I wanted to let you know I found your message wonderfully inspiring. I am in a dark season in my life and have been for many years. But I had a vision the week before on the 20th of May. Jesus told me “my time was coming” and since then there has been some movement that has given me a glimpse of possible light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. I understand that everyone who has been put in my path has been instrumental in 1) getting me through the dark tunnel, 2) teaching me what I need to learn, 3) softening rough edges, 4) stretching me so that I am growing … all towards whatever journey God has planned for me. Over the past few years I have had several visions; all showing me kneeling before Jesus (I am an adult although childlike in size to our Saviour; He is dressed in billowing white robes and riding a magnificent white steed; I am in a vast empty desert looking into a dark abyss; Jesus comes along side me, picks me up, cradles me in His arms, mounts His horse and takes me with Him sitting in the crook of His arm like a child. I have no idea where we are going, nor do I know why but I do know He arrives picks me up and takes me with Him … There is a purpose to the emotional and physical pain I have been in all these years. I share this because I know without a doubt hearing your message Saturday was something I needed to hear. I was supposed to be booked to attend a course and that changed. Your are a part of my journey for a short time or a long time (TBA) but I am listening. THANK YOU for sharing what the Lord has given you – and giving hope to those of us who for a long time had very little. Today I have hope and today I am seeing there may be an end coming to my night season. Blessings Sherry.
I’m so glad to hear you’re travelling THROUGH the desert and not getting stuck. I hope you got a copy of my book Water In The Desert? I think it will be really helpful in your journey to wholeness, healing and purpose. God does have a plan for your life. Keep following him and it will all make sense in the end!
We definitely all need to sow seeds of kindness!
And you absolutely do Sarah!