Harvest Is Large!

“. . . harvest is large . . .”
As he (Jesus) saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 
So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. 
Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.’” (Matthew 9:36-38)

After a delayed and sporadic start from the lingering cold, the flowering shrubs and trees in our area have suddenly sprung into full bloom with the advent of a few hot days.  What a blessing!  God’s majestic creation once more reminds us that the cold harshness of winter is not the final word.  There is hope!  This particular tree in the photo is blooming right outside my church office window.  These past few days as I’ve watched it blossom to it’s peak of glory I’ve also noticed all the worker honey bees collecting their pollen and nectar.  From the looks of this fellow he better get rid of some of the pollen on his back legs pretty soon or else he might be grounded by the burden! The harvest is great!

This delicate interplay between bee and plant always reminds me of the intricacy of relationships in which God has created us to live.  The bee needs the plant to produce the honey it needs to survive.  The plant needs the bee to pollinate it’s flowers and help insure its reproductive cycle.  We need the bee and the plants if we are to survive.  When Jesus surveyed the crowds and felt concern for them it came after a time when the Gospel of Matthew records a flurry of healing by Jesus.  Many were healed of all sorts of afflictions.  Jesus knew our vulnerabilities and the needs that arise from them.  It seems that every day each of us is made aware of the physical, emotional, spiritual, or emotional need of another individual or family.  “The harvest is large . . .” and the need for workers is great.

In these intricate relationships with one another we sometimes are the “workers” bringing hope to the other and sometimes are the one in need of another worker to bring us hope.  Once again, I’m reminded that God created us to need one another just as we need God.  Put another way, I guess the only way to offer God’s grace in whatever form it’s needed is for me first to acknowledge my need for God’s grace and be grateful for it.  That way when I’m the worker, I’m powered not by sympathy and judgement, but rather, by humility and gratefulness. 

I pray that God will help me with humility and gratefulness.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on April 10, 2013.

2 Responses to “Harvest Is Large!”

  1. Amen! We can not get through this alone, those who try often don’t make it very far without the hope and help of another.
    I appreciate your heart for teen depression!

  2. Very true Gary we don’t always know what part of the parade we play. Just that we are in it for God’s glory.

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