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Thursday, July 12, 2007

It was a good day for picking

I spent a day two months ago planting strawberries (see a previous posting). Well, a couple of weeks ago we picked some strawberries. It was an interesting experience. I've picked lots of strawberries over the years, most when I was a teenager or younger. There were lots of times I went with my mom as a kid to pick strawberries. Some summers we picked 60-100 quarts of them! The fruit is delicious, and good for you too.
Anyway, back to our recent experience: My wife, son, mother-in-law and I picked a couple of pails-full. It was my son's first time in the strawberry patch. He loves strawberries! He would eat a whole quart if we let him. I showed him how to find the berries: lift up the leaves and look underneath. Check eat berry before you pick it; you don't want any white or green spots. I think he put as many into his mouth as into the pail. He had fun, and learned more about where strawberries come from.
Now, some of you may be thinking that I picked the strawberries I helped plant two months ago, but that's not the case. Strawberries planted this year will not produce fruit until next year. You've got to plant in faith and wait for the harvest. When the harvest is ready, be prepared to work hard.
As followers of Jesus, we must be always planting seeds, but we must wait for the harvest. The fruit does not appear overnight. But a harvest will come! We must always be looking for ripe fruit, ready for harvesting, and not just where we planted seeds. Who knows where seeds have been planted? The Gardener will let us know when the crop is ready, and when He does, we need to be ready to work.
Are you working? There's a harvest out there if we know where to look and what to look for!


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