Faith Perspectives – October 25, 2017
By Rev. John Campbell,
United Presbyterian, Oakdale
Recently on a trip to Indiana, I enjoyed seeing the variety of stages of the harvest, seeing fields ready for harvest, others in the process, many finished, and others showing sprouts of new growth. Seeing the diversity made the trip more interesting.
All of this reminded me of the different stages and seasons of life. Scriptures are replete with agricultural images. For example in the gospels we read: “The seed is the word of God.”
Or the story of the farmer who spread the seed so that some landed on the roadway, some in shallow soil, some in the weeds, and yet others that “fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”
God looks for a harvest of good things from our lives. We need to remember that God loves a variety for diversity of life and it is all around us. So we should expect to see differences in our lives and in what those differences produce, while actively cultivating those things which God prizes and asks of His people. The prophet Micah wrote: God “has showed you, O human, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
In light of the tensions and hardening of walls between various groups and peoples, we as believers need be more active in how we can show the love of Christ to this old world. C.S. Lewis wrote that he would prefer to combat the ‘I’m special’ feeling not by the thought ‘I’m no more special than anyone else’ but by the feeling ‘Everyone is as special as me.’ This leads to the truth that there isn’t any crowd; no one is like anyone else. “All different and all necessary to the whole and to one another: each loved by God individually, as if it were the only creature in existence.”
By realizing the diversity and variety of life we can see the wisdom of the verse “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”
We are all sowing. God has so constituted our nature that we must sow. Every thought, emotion, motive, is a seed; all our words and deeds are seeds which must generate, spring up, and bear fruit in our hearts and lives, in the hearts and lives of others, in time and in eternity. Our present characters are the harvests of seeds sown in the past of our lives. The seed we are sowing is imperishable.
Each of us sow seeds as we help people, making them smile, comforting them through a touch, sharing their concerns. When we stop and see others as a person of need, or just being a good neighbor we are breaking down walls that separate us. By our actions we show the world that God cares.