Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Reaping Where I Did Not Sow...
Today, I was picking cherries in the backyard. I had to hurry because the birds - especially crows - were getting their fill. As I was picking the cherries off the tree, I thought about how I was reaping where I did not sow.
It brought to mind John 4:36-38 (NIV) "Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."
Well, here's a picture of one of our cherry trees. I want to point out the bush underneath. I noticed the other morning that the lawn sprinkler was shooting right into the bush. When the bush had been planted, it was small enough that the sprinkler was able to shoot over top of it and hit parts of the lawn and garden. I realized that I needed to prune the bush so that another area could receive the benefit of the water.
Is that true for us, too? Do our lives sometimes need to be pruned, so that other people benefit?