Being Anxious for the Fruit

By Chris Layton

November 1, 2019

I’ll have to admit that one of the most difficult parts of farming isn’t necessarily weeding, its waiting. We planted a lot of varieties this year just to see what will come up.

Some things did really well. We really enjoyed the leafy greens this year. The Sarah’s choice cantaloupe from Johnny Seeds was to die for and explosive in growth. All I could say is WOW! I’m going to plant those again next year but not in the same place (squash bugs also love them and will come there next year so we’ve got to rotate).

Some of the root crops like the carrots did well. We loved the sugarsnax variety from JS. The fruit on our trees were awesome. The nectarines were so sweet this year just eating one would send you in a sugar high. Tomatoes were notoriously slow. We had to ripen those in the house so we’ll start earlier next year in the greenhouse.

I’ve heard from one reliable source that it takes about 7 years for a farm to become stable and self sustaining. All the beneficial insects have to keep the pests in check. The predators like the hawks, owls, and even snakes have to keep the gophers in check.

I’ve learned one lesson yesterday though which is to be careful not to walk all over a freshly planted seedbed. God sends planters and harvesters where some plant and water, and then some harvest.

Paul to the Corinthians said: ” I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-8

Sometimes the planters lay down the seeds but then they leave the fields to someone else to reap. God said that in His fields this is the way it’s done. I guess that’s how He keeps his laborers humble not figuring they did it all when someone else helped.

“Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.

“I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” John 4:37-38

So I’ve got to thank the planters, they give me quite a bit of food for thought. There are a lot of varieties in God’s garden to digest.

Perhaps God has even a good reason for the pests like the squash bug which drive us to move the crop. One year’s success does not guarantee the next if you do the exact same thing. Maybe they’re there to keep our worship from turning into ritual.

Threshing the grain is good and I’ll have to admit that I do enjoy that part of the work more but I am sure the planters get quite a bit of satisfaction in theirs. I do love watching experts at work. Just have to be careful not to get too close and step on the newly planted ground.

I’m willing to wait, but in the meantime, I’ve got other work to do. No time to sit around on the farm.