I’m going to tell you about something I’ve never seen, but first let me tell you a little bit about farming.
You see, I once lived in a cul de sac neighborhood that backed up to an orange orchard. I was in the 3rd grade. We lived there for 2 years.
I’m pretty much a farming expert. Obviously.
Did you know farmers have seasons? There is the planting season, the growing season (clearly my farming expertise is shining through. Probably not the technical name for it, but it’s the season when they water and weed and watch) and the harvest season.
You know what I’ve never seen?
I’ve never seen a farmer try to harvest during planting season. When I lived behind that orchard, I never saw the farmer in the field picking orange blossoms off the trees in the Spring.
He could have done everything he knew. He could have worked himself to the bone. But there was no way he was going to harvest oranges in Texas in June.
Farmers know that they cannot do anything outside of the due season for their crop.
Have you thought about what season you are in? Are you trying to harvest when it’s really time to sow?
If you have a newborn, perhaps it’s not the best season to try to start an early morning Bible, exercise and planning routine. Instead focus on something simple like listening to an audio Bible while you play with or feed your baby.
If you have all your kids at home and your husband has to work a lot, perhaps it’s not the best season to start a new online business.
If you’re a new blogger still trying to figure out how it all works, maybe it’s not the best season to write an ebook, start a link up and contribute on 12 different blogs.
Everyone is in a different season.
Not too far from my little cul de sac neighborhood and the orange orchard, there was a sugar cane field. Sometimes they harvested as late as March when the orange trees were bare.
If the orange farmer didn’t know HIS crop and HIS season, he could have wasted time and energy either being jealous of the sugar cane farmer or he could have worked in vain to try to make his crops yield fruit out of season.
Friends, it doesn’t matter what season anyone else is in. It doesn’t matter if they are having the harvest of their lives. Good for them.
We need to know our season. There is such freedom in yielding to God’s timing. If we listen to HIS timing, we won’t run ourselves ragged trying to harvest the wrong things in the wrong season, because it will never work anyway.
Action step: I encourage you to identify your season today. Ask God what you should sow. Ask Him when it is time to harvest. Listen to Him. Trust Him.
What season are you in? Are you sowing, harvesting or somewhere in the middle? Click here to share in the comments.
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p.s. My friend Jen just released a very cool resource for your summer, it’s called Kidventures. It’s an ebook filled with simple, detailed, fun adventures you can plan with your children this summer. You can pick up a copy here, or read more about my thoughts on it here.