God’s Harvest

The Grain Of Wheat Dies And Produces Much Grain

I live in a small rural “city” in Northern New York.  I quote “city” not to diminish it, but growing up on Long Island, about 45 miles away from New York City; I view a city very different!   Just a few minutes out of town, there is rural farmland.  We also enjoy having a large Amish Community among us.

While traveling across the back roads one day, my husband and I came across this Amish farm of winter wheat. It was harvested and stacked in shocks.  The Amish use a machine that is called a binder to harvest the wheat. They hitch the binder up to their horses to do the job.  They do not use modern machinery. How they live is interesting, and the field of wheat sparked my curiosity.  Of course, I had to get a picture. 

Photos inspire me to think of God’s word and relate it to His creation.  Planting, harvesting and sowing are all a part of His plan.  The Bible verse I used for this photo is John 12:24.

“Most assuredly, I say to you ‘unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.’”   John 12:24 (NKJV) 

In the verse, John 12:24, we can see, metaphorically, that Jesus is the seed that fell to the ground and died. He, even so, rose up to bring about an abundant harvest, for the glory of God.   Through His sacrificial death, eternal life was made possible. This is the way God planned to redeem a lost world, through Christ, Himself, the perfect seed dying and rising again.  We, who believe, are admonished to die to ourselves and live for Christ.  By God’s grace, we can become a fruitful branch that produces a harvest for our Lord. 

God not only shows us His spiritual provision for us, but His provision for our human needs as well.  He cares for us through the planting, growing, and harvesting of the food we need to sustain our life.  The farmer knows the cycle well.  The picture of the field of winter wheat portrays the food, we need to eat here on earth, while John 12:24 speaks to us about our spiritual needs.  Truly, this depicts God’s Harvest!  

Come Unto Me, I Will Give You Rest

I Will Give You Rest

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

This setting is calling out to us to come and sit for a while.  It says to take a rest; be still, learn and reflect. In these times of great busyness, this is a lost practice.  In this world of stress, distractions and many troubles, we can lose sight of God and the peace we can have in Him. He wants to know us, and for us to know Him. Many things get in the way. We don’t make the time we need to build that relationship.  It takes time to get to know Him and His word to us.   He desires for us to have a relationship with Him. God wants to ease our burdens. We must give them to Him, and He will give us rest.  Let us learn to stop, be still and listen.

Furthermore, Matthew 11:29-30 (NKJV), speaks to us still more:

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

As I think about how being still and spending time with the Lord is quickly becoming a missing practice, this old hymn came to mind. Sadly, hymns have become a lost entity as well.  Really listen to the words in the hymn William Longstaff wrote.  We are inspired to “Be holy, for I am holy” as said in 1 Peter 1:16(NKJV)

                        Hymn Lyrics:

 Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;                                   Find  rest in Him always, and feed on His Word.       Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,      Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushing on; Much time spend in secret, with Jesus alone.               By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;                                          Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

 Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;                                    And run not before Him, whatever betide.                                       In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,                                          And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

Let us be sure to come to Jesus and take time to be holy.  The picture bids us to, “Come Sit Awhile.”

Hymn “Take Time To Be Holy” Written by William Longstaff, 1882. Public Domain

He Is Our Covering

God Is Our Covering

 “He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.”        Psalm 105:39(NKJV)

 The picture featured, illustrates this scripture very well. It shows the cloud, as the covering.  The sun, with the red glow, portrays the fire. Psalm 105:39 tells us how God was there for the Israelite’s all through their exodus and journey in the wilderness.  God led them out, but didn’t desert them, even though the Israelite’s complained like He had. That is not true, He supported them all along the way.  They weren’t living a luxurious lifestyle, but their needs were being met in miraculous ways. Some thought it would be better to go back to Egypt.  Had they already forgotten why they cried out to be delivered? They were living under harsh bondage.  God is loving and caring.

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13: 5-6(NKJV)

We really can’t say too much about the Israelite’s and how they behaved, because we must honestly look at our own lives to see we have fallen into the same attitudes. We, who have the Holy Spirit as our helper, cannot even walk as we should. We grumble and complain. We are not content, as it tells us in the verse in Hebrews. God does care for us and is there for us through everything.  He hasn’t deserted us either! His word teaches and guides us. 

 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

This scripture says a lot.  Simply put, it tells us that God doesn’t change. He gave us the Bible, His word; Holy Spirit inspired, for us to have and live by.  It is His Story from creation (Genesis) to His coming again (Revelation). It has the beginning, the fall of man, His plan to redeem us, guides to life, many promises, the end; basically, everything we need to live by.  God was with the Israelite’s as they wandered along their pilgrimage, and He is also with us as we travel on ours. May we at no time forget that He is our God, He is our helper, and He will not at any time leave us nor forsake us.  God does not change; He will always be there for us.  God is our covering.

Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above

Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From God Above

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”    (James 1:17) NKJV

Reflecting on God’s word, in James 1:17, we are reminded that every good and perfect gift is from the Father of lights.  As I contemplate this photo, I can sense these words come alive.  I can feel His warmth, as God sends His love and light down on us, illuminating our way.  Let us ponder this verse throughout the day, knowing that our Father desires to bless us with every good thing.  Let His light radiate for all to see. God is love!  He is always with you.

Let The Rivers Of Living Water Flow

A Wonderfully, Refreshing Surprise

At the end of a family hike was this stunning waterfall. If you were never there, it is a wonderfully, refreshing surprise! A rewarding end to an adventurous day.

On our path in Christian life, we must continue along, pressing forward to the prize. This is stated in Philippians 3:14 (NKJV):

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Then the rivers of living water will flow.

“He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of His heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 (NKJV)

God Is Our Rock

There Is No Rock Like Our God

  A rock is not a living object but is inanimate. However, this lifeless object brings pictures of understanding concerning God. The rock, in this photo, is a large mass of stone, forming a hill, with a cliff. We use the term ROCK to represent a firm foundation or support.   The Bible refers to the LORD as our ROCK! 

Let us look at what the Bible says about this.

“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 (NASB )

Looking at the image, we can visualize this. We can see in the picture the rock is not a pebble; it is not a small stone, or even a boulder, but it is a large foundation stone, which can withstand much, just like our God.

The Bible further states:

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”     Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)

Looking closer at some of the words used in the above scripture will help us get a fuller understanding.

Rock- A rock signifies something solid and strong.

Fortress- This is a place we feel protected.

Deliverer-Is someone who can rescue from harm.

Strength- Is being firm, courageous and powerful.

Trust- To have confidence, certainty and to rely on.

Shield- An Armor used to protect.

Salvation-Is to be saved from one’s sins.

Stronghold- Someone or something has a grip on you.  This can be good or bad.

All the above words were used in Psalm 18:2 to help us to understand more about God and who He is.  In these descriptive words, God is portrayed as, strong in nature; a person who supplies shelter for protection. The one who can rescue, give courage and power. Through these, we can take confidence in Him. Furthermore, we can always rely on Him.  He shields us, saves us from our sins and will never let us go.  He is the foundation stone we can build upon and stand on.  Surely, He is worthy of our trust and adoration.  How can we look upon creation, read His word and not see that it all falls into perfect place?  Our God is our ROCK!

The Light Shines In The Darkness

Midnight Blue

In this picture, I see it is the night, the time of darkness.  However, God does not leave us without light.

Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  So, the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5 (NKJV)

There was a darkness that was hovering over the waters when God created light, giving us day and night.  A little while later God added two specific lights to help guide us. 

   “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16 (NKJV)

Now, we have the Sun to rule the day, and the Moon to rule the night.  Even so, the greatest factor in all of this is told in the following verse by the Apostle John.

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 (NKJV)

God is light. He emanates light from His being!  No darkness can dwell in Him. Looking at this picture, at the bottom, we see the deepest darkness.  As we get further away from the light, the darker it is.  When we get closer to the light, the darkness is illuminated.  It changes to more of a blue, I call this Midnight Blue.”  His light glows through the darkness, clearing the way until it beams out shining brightly for all to see.  God cannot contain Himself; His light must shine forth.  He is the light of the world.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

God is faithful, from the beginning until the end of time. All of this is part of His plan. 

“It shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah Psalm 89:37(NKJV)

Midnight Blue

In our midnight hour, when all is blue, He is there.  When it is the darkest, look up, do not fear.  The light of God dwells within, it is always near.  He will enfold you in His loving care.  He is faithful, constant, steadfast and true.  We can always trust the light to help us through.  God is the light in the darkness. He is forever true.

Walk in His ways and the darkness will have no hold. Let His light shine.

   “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 (NIV)

The Word Of Our God Stands Forever

These Black-Eyed Susan flowers are bright and pretty. God created them, for a season, for us to enjoy. They are standing strong and tall, in all their glory. Sadly, they will fade away. God likened our lives to the grass and flowers that dry up, wane, then vanish. We are reminded, in God’s word, of the shortness of human life on the earth. All life is strong and glorious for a season, but we are fleeting. He created us for His good pleasure. In our time and purpose, let us not waver. Stand strong and tall in your season, giving all glory to God.

Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself.”  Ephesians 1:9 (NKJV)

This is His word, let us take comfort in knowing that the word of our God will withstand all time on earth and into eternity. While our time on earth fades, we too, if in Christ, can share eternity. Not only will His word stand forever, He does as well. Let this comfort you as you walk along your earthly journey. He will not, at any time, leave you nor forsake you!

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”                               Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

The Bible is His living word to us.  It is up to us to read, memorize, study, hide, believe, receive, claim and love it!  It will “Stand Forever.” LIVE IT!

  “The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”                                                                
Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)

Jesus’ Light Shines Bright

Thought for today . . . If you are in the tunnel of darkness, always remember there is light at the end of the tunnel. The light at the end of your dark tunnel is the living Christ. Travel through that tunnel and come to the light. Let Jesus light your path. He is the way, truth and life. Fear not for He is with you. Believe and trust.