Words from the Heart for Saturday September 11th, 2021
Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 (NLT)
Plant and Keep Busy
Canada is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world. As with other developed nations, the proportion of the population involved in agriculture fell dramatically over the 20th century but it remains an important element of the Canadian economy. A wide range of agriculture is practiced in Canada, from the sprawling wheat fields of the prairies to the summer produce of the Okanagan valley and Southern Ontario. In the federal government, overview of Canadian agriculture is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
I live in a small farming village on the Ontario prairies. My backyard looks out on 3500 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat. Almost 5 months ago the farmer started preparing the field, cultivating, fertilizing and planting. Occasionally he would spray the field, and I know he was praying for just enough rain, just enough heat and just enough sun. King Solomon watched farmers in his day, and wisely wrote this in Ecclesiastes 11:6: “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.” For thousands of years farmers have planted and tended their crops, profiting from all the hard work they put in. This is so in a spiritual sense as well. While our salvation is offered as a free gift, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are called to invest our lives in service to the One who has provided freely the gift of eternal life. As we plant the word of God into our hearts daily, and into the lives of others, we will reap a rich spiritual reward.
These have been words from the heart.