The Joy of Abundant Harvest

I’m so grateful for many of you who joined me for my series, Meeting God in the Garden. Today is my final post in the series, and please read to the end as I announce a new summer theme and posting schedule.

Isn’t the harvest worth all the work when it comes to gardening? Every step prepares for the end result. All the planning, cultivating, planting, watering, weeding, and pruning leads up to that first taste of freshness, which compares with nothing else.

That mouthwatering sweetness of cantaloupe. That piquant acidity of tomatoes. That crisp snap of fresh peas. Not even the best grocery store produce can compare with the perfect freshness from your own garden.

If you’ve ever tasted a homegrown strawberry compared to a grocery store item, you know what I mean. The same goes for tomatoes. It’s as if you’re not eating the same thing–that’s how different the taste profile can be. No wonder farmers’ markets have gained in popularity. People are beginning to understand that fresh wins over convenient and prepackaged, every time.

Psalm 34:8 reads, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” This life he gives us is full of good things, and I’m so grateful he makes a colorful, tasty, abundant life possible. A taste of life with God compares with nothing else the world has to offer.

In those late summer days when I’m processing quart after quart of ripe tomatoes, I meditate on God’s abundant provision. He provides so much from one tiny seed. And each fruit holds more seeds to continue the process of fruitfulness.

I find joy in this knowledge. All this work we do here on earth, all this living, is in preparation for heaven. It’s difficult and challenging, full of thorns and thistles. It’s a constant struggle. Yet through it all, God is planting eternity in our hearts. He is planting seeds of blessing all along the way, and helping us share more seeds in our words and actions.

Imagine the harvest fields in heaven. We will finally see the results of all the planting and cultivating here, the many times we’ve planted seeds without even realizing it. We will then see how God has been using everything we’ve done. Consider this verse:

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:7-8 NIV

We are simply planting and watering here. We don’t have a full view of the harvest. Yet God will show us someday. We will receive our rewards and taste the good life God has waiting for us, as we walk in faithfulness.

Meditating on the harvest in heaven brings me joy. It sustains me through trying seasons here on earth. I can’t taste or see the full harvest now. I only receive glimpses here and there, through feedback from family, friends, and my readers. Yet I trust that God is making things grow that I cannot even see. My job is to be faithful with planting and watering, trusting that God will reap a great harvest for his glory, through my work.

Questions for reflection:

How does God provide freshness in your life, compared to what the world offers?

How does the idea of the harvest in heaven bring you joy?

Which of the posts in the Meeting God in the Garden series was your favorite? I’d love your honest feedback, as I plan to merge them into an e-book this summer!

A virtual tour of my garden

Interview with Barb Bailey

Basking in the beauty

Weeding, part 1

Interview with Michele Morin

Weeding, part 2

Good soil

Interview with Leslie Newman

Planting

Interview with Christie Purifoy

Watering

Lessons from bees

Interview with Dawn Boyer

Movement in God’s garden

Interview with Susan Shipe

The value of pruning

Interview with Sarah Koontz

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Announcing…

A brand-new summer series on Wednesdays!

By studying Jesus’ examples, you will be affirmed and lifted up, no matter where you are in your faith walk today. Join me on Wednesdays as we look at nine women Jesus valued in a culture that cast women aside. His examples speak volumes into our current culture, when confusion over women’s roles is constantly in the headlines. Gain greater peace as you learn how much Jesus values you as a woman.

You’ll find this series every Wednesday morning through July. I’ll also post book reviews on Mondays and participate in Five Minute Fridays. I look forward to seeing you here this summer!

My book The Fruitful Life is a study on the fruits of the spirit, and my book Newness of Life is about trusting in God’s perfect timing.  Both books are available now on Amazon.

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  • Sarah, this post blessed me as I have been remembering the truth that God causes growth even when we are unaware, don’t see growth occurring, and in the most unlikely places. Grateful to be reminded that my job is to be faithful and trust Him for the rest. Thank you for encouraging me this morning!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Joanne, thanks for reading today. I’m trusting him for all the behind-the-scenes growth today, and I’m glad you were encouraged by this post!

  • Sarah, you’ve found a gem here. Just the thought that my frail work here on earth can amount to something glorious in heaven is enough to put a smile on my face today!
    Thank you, dear friend.
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

    • Sarah Geringer

      Marva, it’s always a joy to see your sparkling comments on my blog. Thanks for visiting, and happy Friday to you!

  • Bettie G

    Thanks for this great series. I have to say that I have really enjoyed the behind the scenes peeks at your garden, and of those you interviewed. Great inspiration, both for our earthly gardens, and for our spiritual gardens! Blessings to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Bettie, again, I am thankful for your faithful reading and your frequent comments. I’m glad this series blessed you. Hope you will join me again for the Women Who Jesus Loved series.

  • Michelle Hinton Curren

    I really enjoyed your post. I also write about gardening. Do you take the pictures as well? They’re beautiful! I found you at Encouraging Hearts & Home.

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  • Debbie Kitterman

    Sarah – so excited for you to do your summer series and congratulations on your soon to be e-book on the garden series – way to go Blessings and thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week – hope to see you tomorrow.