I watched a documentary this week about life in Britain during the first world war. So when I prayed for a postcard this week and saw a picture of a gardening fork in a vegetable patch, a story came straight to my mind:
It was 1917 and blockaded Britain was slowly running out of food. So the government announced that everyone needed to start growing their own food and that they should use whatever land was available. Suddenly, in cities all over the country people began digging up lawns, roadside verges, parks and other bits of unused land and turning them into allotments. What had been ornamental or neglected or not-thought-of became places of harvest that produced food for a hungry nation.
What does God have to say to us through this story? Perhaps most of us have areas of our lives where we might expect to be fruitful. But even (maybe especially) when we feel like we are all out of resources God often produces a harvest in unexpected places – places we wouldn’t even have considered looking for it.
The garden fork is a tool for turning over the earth. Transforming a neat tidy lawn into a vegetable patch is a job that requires a lot of digging; turning over; planting of seeds and patience. It strikes me as quite a challenging process! I’m looking at this picture of the fork and thinking that to say “yes Lord, come and dig me over” is a huge deal! But I know that without a doubt that moment of surrender is the beginning of the process of new fruitfulness. A veg patch never looks ‘finished’, it doesn’t have neat edges, may not be approved of by the neighbours, but it does something wonderful – it provides food for the hungry.
Today might be a good time to ask God what part of your life he wants to use to grow a fresh harvest in (and what that harvest or provision might look like!). It might be a talent, a gift, a place, a group of friends, an opportunity… or something else altogether. It may surprise you what He says!
Perhaps you look at this picture and recognise that you are already ‘in the process’ – that earth is being exposed and turned over, stones being sifted out. Or perhaps you are aware of your area of your life which have been dug over and planted with seeds, prepared for something – but you’re not sure yet what shape that harvest is going to take. Ask God about it today, but rest in the truth that He is the Lord of the Harvest, and that if we surrender to the process, He will bring it about.
You are Lord of the Harvest
Be with me today
as I offer you all the land in my lifeShow me the places I overlook Break up old soil and plant new seeds so that I may see your harvest in unexpected places.