A breeze from the ceiling fan caresses my face. I’d rather NOT walk: too tired, too lazy, too much to do….
Lame excuses. Until four days ago, I exercised most every day this summer and reaped the physical benefits. Can’t forsake this habit now!
My stiff body groans as I hobble from the bed. But my mind is determined which leads to the first step out the door.
Summer heat smacks me in the face. I glance at my watch: 7:30 a.m. With each sluggish step, my legs protest, but soon I’m in a rhythm. Never mind the sweat.
A deer crosses the road with her speckled fawn. She pauses to study me. Realizing I’m not a threat, she nuzzles the fawn’s ear and grazes on the brown field grass.
Further on my walk, a neighbor greets me. We’ve never met though I’ve passed his home a hundred times. His hands are full of round, lemon yellow cucumbers. “Would you like some fresh vegetables? We’re leaving town.”
I return home, arms laden with the ripe harvest from someone else’s labor. “Look at the bounty I would have missed if I’d stayed in bed,” I tell my husband. “I wonder if they’re Christians.”
How often have I walked this road? How many neighbors have I met? How do I interact with the ones I know?
Breakfast is sliced cucumbers. Dinner will include round green squash. Perhaps I should bake Squash bread for our new neighbor.
I flip through squash recipes, but my mind lingers on the choices I make first thing each day. Walk? Read my Bible or pray?
The same excuses attempt to derail me, sabotage my day. Some days, excuses win. I lose.
But on those mornings I give God the first fruits of my day:I truly win.
I reap a harvest of blessings and bear the fruits of His Spirit. But to what end?
“”Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields,” says Jesus, “that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:35-37).
The mission fields are ripe. Hoarding the Good News isn’t an option.
Like sharing the harvest of a summer garden, when we share God’s love with others, everybody wins.