As summer inexorably moves towards autumn my thoughts turn to harvest and God’s promise to mankind that “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis.8:21/22
Tractors pulling huge trailers piled high (sometimes too high me thinks) with harvested crops; the crops in the fields swaying in the breeze almost ready for the combine to do its work remind me of that great promise made by the God who doesn’t break His promises. Mind you I am usually trying very hard to thank God for the harvest when I’m the 10th car behind the 20mph tractor, already late for an appointment.
We do see strange weather both in this country and in the rest of the world, but never the absolute destruction of the flood in Noah’s day. And we have to consider that some of the weather catastrophes we see, and the devastation caused by weather are, not at least in part, due to mankind’s mismanagement of the wonderful environment God has placed us in.
I love the Harvest Weekend here at Lapford Congs. On Saturday afternoon I watch as beautiful garden produce is brought, functional dry goods, so vital to the charities we support, are arranged on the table and the wonderful arrangements of flowers take shape. Then on Sunday the opportunity to bring our thanks and praise to God for that promised harvest. Monday is no less special with entertainment, food and the distribution of the good things we have offered as our sacrifice of praise for the harvest.