Do you feel like you’ve been working hard, and not getting anywhere? Does it seem like you’re in a continual drought and nothing seems to be changing? Good news… Seasons will change!
The Bible is rich with metaphors about farming, which I can relate to, since I enjoy gardening. One of the things about farming is that seasons change, which means that your daily tasks will change too.
When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? Isaiah 28:24 (NIV)
In my garden so far this year, I’ve already gone through the time of plowing. Having just a small patch of soil in my yard, I use a shovel to break up the clay soil. It is hard, back-breaking work to lift the soil and break it up. But there is a reason for it.
First of all, it breaks up the roots of the old plants in the ground. This kills them, so that the new plants have some room to spread out.
Tilling also adds air to the soil, which includes both oxygen for the bacteria and the worms, and nitrogen for the new plants. And finally, turning the soil also makes it easier for the plant roots to go deep into the ground once they start growing.
Once the soil is tilled, I don’t keep coming back and breaking the soil up, as it says in Isaiah. The first goal is to get the seeds into the ground so that they can start growing.
It is springtime now, and we’re beginning the growing season. I can see things starting to green up, and it is a time for a little optimism.
Unfortunately, even though the season has changed, there is still work to do. It is now a time of weeding, watering, and feeding the plants.
Lucky me… I now get the opportunity to pull out the weeds that have sprouted next to my vegetables. And weeds seem to grow faster than my plants, which I can’t figure out why… But if I don’t pull the weeds, they steal nutrients and moisture from the soil that my plants need. And since they grow faster, they could easily cast a shadow on my plants, shading them from the sunlight that gives them energy. Yes, weeds need to be pulled!
It is the season of weed-pulling now, and it will be until for a long time to come. It goes on and on, seemingly forever.
I’ll bet your work life feels like this too. You feel that all you are doing is the same-old stuff, day-after-day. Right?
Take heart. The season will change. But for you to reap the harvest, you have to stay diligent and continue to weed your garden.
Your task for today is to prepare for the changes, and start getting ready to make switch to the next task. It will be work though. But don’t give up now. Stay the course, even if it feels like you’re not making progress. I guarantee that the day of reaping will arrive, because we serve a God of “seasons.”
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.