“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Season Is Quickly Coming To An End

It's been a short wet cold summer here in Portland.  More days without sunshine than usual.  And that is evident by looking at my garden.  I planted three different varieties of tomatoes this year.  Roma, Early Girl and Better Boy.  Three plants is all I normally need to have all the tomatoes we would consume in a summer.  But this year only the Roma plant is producing red ripe fruit.  Our summer is over and fall is here... and there have been no red ripe Early Girls (ha!) and no Better Boys (I had actually paid $9.98 on a larger plant so that it would produce fruit quicker!).

And I have to admit that I was a little frustrated as I stood looking at them on Saturday.  There were plenty of tomatoes just waiting to turn yellow then orange then red.  But they were green.  All of them. And my flesh was considering ripping the Early Girl and Better Boy plants out of the ground roots and all.  But I didn't. 

Instead, I focused on the Roma plant.  The plant that was producing fruit.  Red ripe fruit in abundance.  And I thought that I should make sure that it gets every last drop of sunshine this state could afford.  So I moved some of its branches around and then realized that the Early Girl and Better Boy plants were collecting some of the sunshine that could have gone to the Roma plant.  And, again, instead of ripping out the two non-producers, I cut them back.  I left some of their unripened fruit with some faint hint of hope they might actually surprise me.  But I knew for sure that the Roma would continue to produce, so it was getting all of my attention... and all of the sunshine it could possibly get.

I realized I was giving more sunshine to the producing plant and less sunshine to the non-producing plants.  The more was receiving more... and the less was receiving less.  Not because of any reason except that I knew the season was quickly coming to an end... and I knew the Roma would produce fruit... and lots of it.

More given more.  Less having even what it had taken from it.  I mean... we're talking sunshine here and tomato plants, right?  But my spirit was stirred and I started to think of the verses that Jesus spoke about this very thing...

Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Matthew 13:12

This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, 
showing yourselves to be my disciples. 
John 15:8

I am coming soon. 
Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Revelation 3:11


Kathi Woodall said...

Great post, Sheri. Very timely for me right now. Thank you for taking the time to share it.

Patti said...

Love this post friend.....very insightful. :)

elizabeth embracing life said...

We have one lonely red tomato on our counter. It was the only one I want to just look at it. Great post.

Laura said...

Thanks for the reminder...I want to be a "plant" that produces fruit for the Kingdom.

Ms.Daisy said...

I agree with other posters, very insightful post.
Regarding the green fruit though, I remember what my grandfather taught us. Pick the green tomatoes, wrap them in newspaper and put them in a cool, dry place and they will turn and ripen.


Lora said...

We only planted three tomato plants this year too. I was just outside and noticed we have one green tomato left on the vine. The season is quickly coming to an end here too. John 15:8 speaks to me today. Blessings to you.

Kathi Woodall said...

Sheri, I keep thinking about this post and another little aspect of what you wrote. All, or most, of your tomato plants produced fruit. You're giving the light and benefits to the ones that are ripening. How wonderful to play a part in bearing fruit for the kingdom, but we mustn't forget to disciple those who become saved! We don't want to stay green, we want to grow in grace and the knowledge of Him!

sister sheri said...

Kathi - Great point! I decided to try Ms. Daisy's point about wrapping the tomatoes in newspaper to see if they would ripen there... of course, they are off the vine now... so maybe that is fodder for another post!