Sow Something Else!

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I grew up a farm girl. Most of what we ate was what we had planted and harvested. This is how it worked. My father was in charge, he knew what to plant, when to plant it and how it would be planted. We only obeyed the instructions given each season. Our main crop was maize and beans but we also had some vegetables and fruits at the farm near our house. Farming was never my thing, I just did it because if I didn’t I would be punished. But I still got to learn a few things.

One time my mother wanted to plant sweet potatoes for sale. She put all her energy in the planting and projected a good profit. Two seasons later she was actually making losses. All her effort and investment was not paying off. One morning as she talked to my father, she aired her frustration; her sweet potato project was not bearing fruit. I was supposed to be washing dishes but all my attention was on their conversation. Apparently that was not the best crop for her to plant in that particular soil and she had been warned before. So my father was a bit quiet as my mother vented, he is usually a man of a few words, so after sometime he told her, ‘if you don’t like what you are reaping then plant something else.’ Ladies and gentlemen, from that point I have not seen my mother any more effort in sweet potato farming; she concentrated on her vegetables and bananas, evidently she loves what she is reaping.

That profound statement from my father did not make sense to me until a few days ago when I thought about Gods laws of planting and harvesting. One of them is in Galatians 6:7-8. ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.’ Everything starts with a seed, and nothing happens until the seed is planted. No one plants a mango seed expecting to reap avocados; no one reaps apples from orange seeds. No one plants disobedience and reaps a blessing.

Bad seeds bring forth a bad harvest, if you are becoming bitter, entertaining a lying tongue, finding it hard to forgive, being jealous, getting involved in all kinds of sexual sin and being corrupt and selfish, it is because of a seed that you planted. If you carry around a seed of doubt and then it reflects in your life. If you express bitterness to your family, it will grow in you as well. Whatever you reap is a reflection of what you have been sowing. Do not blame God, your harvest is not His fault, it is what you sowed. If you don’t like it, the sow something else, sow with the harvest in mind.

As a child of God you should be sowing love, faith, kindness, gentleness, self-control, honesty and other virtues that God expects us to portray. For a future of good harvest, we should start sowing the right seed now, because we are a result of what we planted in the past. Many times as parents the responsibility of raising children can be overwhelming, but we are often advised to sow good virtues in them, so that they grow up in the ways of the Lord revealing a great harvest. We should sow by faith in order to produce a harvest of a better society.

Do you like what you are reaping? If yes, keep sowing the good seed. But if your answer is no, please start sowing something else. You cannot fool God. Maybe your current good seed does not seem to produce a good crop, do not give up and at the proper time you will see a great harvest, do not grow weary. Even when it seems unfruitful, remember that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. Sow good seed on good soil and reap a great harvest, more than you planted, but if you sow in the wind you will reap a whirlwind. Know what you are sowing today and don’t expect to reap its opposite.

Selah

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