Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37 I went for a drive last week to clear my head and spend some time praying. You know those times when you feel you have to step away from the noise and bustle to try and find a place to be still. Well, it was one of those kind of days. I drove up Fox Hill Road over washboard that made my teeth clack together…not quite peaceful yet! I finally found myself at Indian Rock overlooking our beautiful valley through the hazy air of mid August. From up there it was easy to make out the fields below me in their various states of harvest. Some had the tell tale dust cloud of a combine working them, others you could tell had already been harvested with the rows of chaff neatly waiting to be bailed, still others were green awaiting a harvest yet to come.
As I sat there I heard the gentle voice of The Lord say, “David, the harvest is ripe.” Yes it is I thought, and ready to be brought in. As I continued to look out over the fields I realized how easy it would be for someone with an untrained eye to mistake the golden fields ready for harvest for areas that were dead, especially if you compared them with the green fields. The fields that I looked down on are not dad, they are ripe!
Sometimes when we look out on the world around us we can forget the words of our Savior that would have us look at the world as a place ripe and ready for harvest. Sometimes we get lost in the despair around us and instead view this world as a dead place where we bid our time until we can escape into eternity. This world is not dead, no it is just ripe for harvest. The people in this world are ready to hear about the love of Jesus, the power of the cross…the freedom that is available in Christ.
When you look out on the world around you what do you see? Death or Harvest? Is there an adjustment of how we see, needed? Then come and see the world through the eyes of the one who died for us! Perhaps that view is not as bleak as we once thought?