I hated Sunday mornings. Most children look forward to waking up Sunday mornings, eating breakfast and the going outside to play with friends after a long week of school. No, not me and my brothers.
As other children would ride their bikes, bounce their basketballs and roll on their skateboards, I was like a prisoner sentenced to life in prison, only to watch others enjoy freedom. You see, my father was a man that believed that too much fun could spoil a child. Did I say too much fun? What I intended to say was, any fun. He was a man who believed in hard work and doing things right the first time, and insinuated that children had too much time on their hands and needed to be more productive.
So it was every Sunday morning: we were up early to work in the yard and the garden. You can only imagine the joy every Saturday night when we headed off to bed how much fun the morning would bring. “Weeping endures for the night…” the rest of the verse did not apply to us. Mowing grass, trimming the yard, pulling weeds and tilling the garden, was the bane of my existence. My father would tell us how certain plants needed to be spaced, a one-inch hole put in the ground, and two seeds dropped in. Then it was time to water, “Not too much!” he would shout as my mind would wander, seeing passing children enjoying their Sunday mornings on their bikes. Why was this happening to me?
A few weeks later, all the work that was put forth in cutting, trimming, weeding, and watering the garden paid off. The food produced from the garden was now on the table for our enjoyment. Gardening and farming requires a lot of time and hard work. Most of the works aren’t fun, but are necessary to produce something beautiful. There are lessons to be learned when we hold the earth of creation in our hands and marvel at what God can bring out of it; food that can sustain generations. The prophet Isaiah puts it this way, “Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; It will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed In large pastures.” Isa. 30:23
There is a Biblical principle that comes from sowing seeds; it will produce fruit. What will be the type of seed that you will sow; and when the rains of life are seen on the horizon and begin to fall on the grounds of our heart, what will be the fruit that will be harvested? Now that I am a father, I understand more of what my father was trying to accomplish in me. He wanted to plant in me the principle of sowing and harvesting. If we sow good seed now, we will reap a good harvest later. However, if we sow lazy and non-productive seeds now, we will generate the same only delayed. “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18 Sowing for the future must originate with the present planting of good seeds.