THE HARVEST: JUST DO IT

 

royalty-free-weed-clipart-illustration-435888I walked by the field of a lazy person,
    the vineyard of one with no common sense.
I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
    It was covered with weeds,
    and its walls were broken down.

Then, as I looked and thought about it,
    I learned this lesson:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

Proverbs 24:30-34

We’ve all been there – probably some of us more than others.

KIDGARDENAs a very young child, I loved the garden. I could walk through the dirt barefoot, dropping the seeds in the carefully marked row, then later, after other people had tended it, I saw the fruits of my “labor.”

Later on, as an older child, I dreaded the garden. I became one of those “tenders.” My grandmother and I, or my mother and I, would chop out weeds – including the dreaded “sticker weeds” – in the hot, dry summer, when I would MUCH rather have a little more sleep, a little more slumber  . . . 

It wasn’t that I didn’t like what CAME from the garden, it was just that I, as a human living in a fallen world, had become LAZY. 

As a young adult, we planted a few gardens only to let the weeds take them over. It just wasn’t EASY or CONVENIENT to tend the garden.

It was WORK. (Cue Maynard G. Krebs from “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) 

That’s not a politically correct thing to say, is it? Work is often seen as a punishment, or a choice, rather than as one of the necessities of life.

God made us for work. Originally, he gave Adam and Eve the Garden of Eden – His own perfect place for THEM – only to have sin enter the world. When they were cast out of the Garden, they learned all about nettles, weeds, and broken walls.

I wonder if they thought back to the life they had forfeit? They had come to a place where it was either work, or die. Not, “if the tomatoes don’t make it, I can run to the store.” It was tend the garden, or go hungry.

The last few years I’ve been working on the whole lazy thing. I’ve frozen corn and tomatoes. I’ve cut our grocery budget simply by MAKING things rather than just run out and buy them. I’m trying to combat scarcity and poverty, God’s way. 

I think it’s called “growing up,” and at nearly 50, it’s about time. 

I’m trying to bring some common sense back into my life. How about you? Are you ready to DO something? Get a load of Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Do Everything!”

 

4 thoughts on “THE HARVEST: JUST DO IT”

  1. Regina,

    Your gardening story brought back memories of helping my dad with his. Consquently, I don’t like heat, humidity or bugs so we don’t have a garden.

    However, I try not to let my hands get idle. I’ve had cousins call me an over achiever for this, but if I’m not working at my day job or writing, I’m sewing/quilting. Only a few of my sewing projects are for me, most are gifts for others and helps with our Christmas budget or I don’t them to organizations.

  2. Love that SCC video!

    When I first began writing, I avoided telling others about it because I assumed they’d think me lazy. Growing up on a farm, laziness wasn’t an option. But I grew to associate working with your hands as being busy, but writing? That was avoiding work. So I’d keep busy just for the sake of being busy. I’ve grown past that now … mostly. 😉

  3. Laziness is something I’m dealing with too, Regina. Or in my world it’s called Procrastination. But we’re not too old to learn, right?

    I love that song – what a silly video! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Regina,
    Gardening is hard work. I’m always amazed, though, the people who love to share in the bounty when the time comes, but don’t want to come out to harvest–they would rather you do it for them. I need to examine myself as I’m sure I’m like that at times as well.

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