The Principle of the Farmer


Lettuce! (Photo credit: hummingcrow)

“Buttercrunch Lettuce.  (36) 5-2/12”

That’s what is written on the side of the planting flat of the first plants to poke through the soil.  I have 36 seeds of Buttercrunch Lettuce planted, and they should reach maturity sometime between May 2nd and May 12th.  I started the seeds in a compost and peat moss mix of my own a little over a week ago.  This brings me to today’s topic – the Principle of the Farmer.  In short, “you can’t procrastinate a harvest.”

Out culture is a culture of immediacy and convenience.  These things are so often spoken of, that it makes no impact on the average person who hears it.  In fact, these traits are seen as progress, and therefore desirable.  A great example of this is an ordinary pizza delivery.  Call up the local Pizza Palace and your order will be piping hot and in your hands in under 30 minutes – or it’s free.  Now imagine growing a pizza garden: Garlic cloves planted the previous Columbus day (think middle of October) starts it off, but you will also need to plant wheat, basil, parsley, oregano, tomatoes, onions and peppers.  Mozzarella can be made from the butterfat of raw milk within a day, but the pepperoni would have to have have time to season.  You can’t forget the shocking, threshing, winnowing and grinding of the wheat into flour, or the process involved in making tomatoes into sauce…but you get the idea.

When all of these steps are considered, a pizza delivery in under 30 minutes is quite a feat.

Within this culture of convenience, we have become a people of procrastination.  No longer is the seasonality of life impressed upon us in an unavoidable and visceral way.  No longer do we grow up realizing that we must sow seeds long before we can enjoy a harvest.  No longer do we walk into our pantries and see a year-long supply of food in its myriad colors and containers, with its attendant sense of well-being and need for rationing.

Growth takes time.  In a garden, in a business, in a relationship and even in our walk with the LORD; but time does no good if you haven’t planted a seed.

What are you wanting to realize in your life?  To harvest from your time?  Don’t expect it to magically happen.  Plant a seed.

“A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” (Proverbs 20:4 NIV)

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