Friday, August 9, 2013

A Lesson on Sowing and Reaping

Last Spring the kids and I planted some spaghetti squash seeds. As a surprise, when the little squash was still small, each kid scratched the word Mama with a nail into the surface of the skin so as the squash grew the letters would grow. I never took a picture of this special squash even though it sat in various places around my house for almost an entire year. Sean drew a face on it several times, it was played with in different ways. We had had our fill of spaghetti squash for the year and I thought for sure it would be rotten by the time we felt like eating it. But no, it lasted and in the end was played with too roughly and cracked.
I cut it open, amazed that it was perfectly good.
Instead of mindlessly scraping out the seeds to feed to the chickens like I normally would, a few of the kids started picking out the seeds one by one. They patiently picked out every one. I was amazed seeing all those seeds, over a hundred, born from one seed planted over a year ago. This turned into an impromptu life lesson.

Its a law of the universe you know, sowing and reaping, set into motion by the Creator. Whatever we put into the ground, we always receive more of it in time. We were able to see first hand the results of our sowing.
The simple action of planting a seed set into motion the birth of a plant, and fruit- in this case; squash. And more than just one, we probably got 4 or 5 from the one seed. Each squash containing over a hundred seeds. If we kept every seed from each of the squash on that vine, we would have enough to plant a whole field of spaghetti squash. In this case, that saying... about having too much of a good thing-- not always being good, applies-- but not so with the things of the Spirit.

Not only does this law apply to plant life but it applies to all of creation, including the decisions we make with our own lives. I love how God has geniusly woven nature together for us to understand big life things in simpler terms so I could show this to my kids. There is both a warning and a blessing for us to learn here.
                                     Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 Like planting the seed; one action of ours, even one word can sometimes put something into motion that will change our lives or ever or for years to come whether for good or bad and what ever we plant we get back. 
If we disobey we reap the consequences, like when people in this house have a mean crappy attitude, they are then responsible for cleaning the toilet. Punching and fighting with a sibling might result in punishment at home but when people are all grown up if they haven't learned their lesson yet, that same action could result in jail time.
Okay now lets look at the good choices, they reap benefits. If we plant kindness to everyone we meet, in time, we reap many friends. Or like when I decided to marry Daddy-- the love of a lifetime and four beautiful kids are the fruits.
...The examples are endless. I wont bore you readers with the many examples of good and bad sowing and reaping that I talked with my kids about ...I went on for a long time :) 
Its amazing to me that even in the hard clumpy weedy soil of our garden we still reaped a harvest.
So it is with our lives, most of the time our hearts are sometimes hard and crowded with the weeds of this world. Yet when we choose to obey the Lord in doing what we know in our hearts to be right, considering others more than ourselves. Letting Jesus, the Master Gardener tend the soil of our hearts, He honors that, despite our lack of perfect soil or hearts.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

There is a season for planting, watering, waiting and tending and the Lord does the rest.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) -- I love the way this is worded, God doesn't ask us to do anything he's not going to give us the power to accomplish though him. He even gives us the desire to please him! ...and then we are rewarded. His grace is amazing, let's walk in it.



  1. Thanks great lessons - no matter what stage in life weae at!!

  2. I love this! Don't you love when the Lord makes his Word come alive for you and your children? You're planting seeds, too... in them! The fruit will be bountiful.


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