Monday, August 2, 2010

A time to harvest

It's hay baling time! Have you noticed lately that all of the open fields seem to have large rolls of hay sitting on them? It's the time of year when we have more heat than rain, which is exactly right for baling! A rancher friend of mine told me that if they don't bale the hay at just the right time it can still have too much moisture which will get hot and actually catch on fire!

Two things jumped out in my mind: hay has to be harvested in the right season and what's inside matters.

Farmers are very specific about when the hay is harvested. During the spring the grass is lush and tender as it pops out of its winter bed. As the summer progresses (especially in Texas) the fresh green grass begins to dry out. Once it's almost completely dry, it gets cut and left to continue the drying process. We're just like that hay. We start out all fresh and green, pretty but not useful. Only after we grow and season do we become something that God can use to 'feed' others.

Moist hay will rise in temperature as it's being compressed until it get so hot that it actually becomes a fire that consumes the whole bale. Have you ever had something burning inside of you that seemed to make your temperature rise to the point that it consumed you? I have and the feeling is terrible! This one thing that we try to 'stuff down' inside grows and grows until it has impacted every area of our lives. It can be anger, hurt, guilt...you name the negative emotion and it can consume you!

When we allow God to prepare us for the harvest, He will protect us from combustion. God seasons us with life lessons and His word so that we can be 'food' to those who are hungry. We learn how to be more about Him and His harvest. Part of that process is allowing God to bring His light to every area of our lives. The moist dark place can only spark a fire if we allow it to stay inside of us. Secrets and sin don't have a foothold in us if we open those struggles to God and allow Him to heal us. Only then will we be used for His greater purpose...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

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