The Harvest is Plentiful
November 29, 2017
So I am back in Florida after a month of visiting churches and family in Michigan, and realized it’s that time of year again in Florida… fall!
Just kidding. If you have experienced a real fall and winter season, you would agree that Florida does not have true fall and winter months (esp. South Florida). Air temperature stays around 75 and the ocean gets down to 70. And that’s okay with me. But what really brings joy to me during these next few months is the citrus harvest season! Florida “winter” is when all the citrus trees become full of juicy, colorful fruit, creating an abundance of oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, loquats, lemons, and limes in the stores throughout the U.S. But if you are a true Floridian like me, you don’t buy them at the store, but you pick them from a variety of trees you have been scouting out all summer. Once blossoming, I visit these trees once a week and gather my weekly fruit basket, never spending a dime on fruit in the stores all winter.
While living in Jacksonville these last 5 1/2 years, I have discovered so many citrus trees randomly located in the woods, college campuses, or even shopping centers, and think “Who planted this? And why here?” I also realized that I was the only one harvesting the fruits off these forgotten trees, and took it upon myself to upkeep the trees so they would continue to flourish. Since I was the only “worker”, I would have an endless supply from November to May. So the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
These are the exact words Jesus said in Matthew 9:37 to his disciples to let them know that there are many people in the world that still do not know Him, so go and spread the good news! In today’s world, God’s harvest is still full, and we as Christians need as many “workers” as we can get to collect the harvest.
Just like I was harvesting citrus fruits every winter in Florida, my new harvest will be the people of Zacapa, Guatemala. It won’t be the same style of harvesting that I am accustomed to doing in Florida, because I will be working in God’s harvest and sharing His love. And the best part is that His harvest is never ending!