I love fall! I enjoy the chilly evenings. I look forward to the beautiful display of leaves as they change colors. I like most pumpkin flavored food and drinks. I appreciate fall sports, especially cross country and soccer. I look forward to being able to be outside and enjoy the moderate weather. Everyday brings some change to the landscape. The corn maze and pumpkin patch are great ways to spend time with friends and family. The farmers harvest their crops and we begin to prepare for the coming colder weather. I like to decorate with fall colors, mums, and gourds. I love fall!
Matthew 9:35-38, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'”
Adams County certainly makes it easy to think about harvest in the fall. We see fields ready for harvest. We meet or pass trucks filled with the fruit of a farmer's labor and the blessing of God's provision of the needed sunshine and rain for the crops to grow. There are acres and acres of corn and beans. There are fields of sunflowers and pumpkins. Almost everywhere you look there are crops ready and waiting for the harvest.
Think for a minute of Jesus time on earth and his directive to the disciples. As Jesus looked at the crowds of people coming to him to hear the good news and to be healed, he had compassion on them. The people were harassed and helpless. They didn't have anywhere to turn. They were lost. They were ready for a spiritual harvest. The disciples were to ask God to provide workers for the harvest field. The spiritual harvest field was ready.
Mykayla shared with the children this summer that we are all farmers and we are all missionaries. Each of us has a responsibility to plant seeds, to share what Jesus is doing. We need to be able to tell someone else about our spiritual experience. We need to be able to tell our Jesus story. We also need to pray that God sends people to help with that spiritual harvest. Sometimes those spiritual farmers are friends. Sometimes they find themselves in a God ordained setting. Other times they are teaching a Sunday School class or leading a group of children. The harvest is plentiful. We need to open our eyes to the harvest. As you travel past fields in the coming days, ask God to give you the opportunity to work in his harvest field.