064: The Law of the Harvest

I grew up working with my brothers to take care of our garden during the summer.

This wasn’t just a garden for fun, it was what kept us fed a lot of the time.

So weeding was an important job that we did to take care of it.

I don’t remember ever loving weeding, but I did love working in the soil and watching things grow from a seed and creating actual food that we could eat.

We grew corn, carrots, potatoes, peas maybe other things but I don’t remember for sure.

It was a lot of work and every day I had a job to weed one row of something.

Our garden was really big so those rows were long, especially to a young kid.

So, fast forward from growing up to when my husband and I had our first 2 children. We lived very simply in a home and neighborhood we loved.

We finally had a yard that we could do whatever we wanted with, and I wanted to grow a garden.

The ground was hard, and we didn’t have money to bring in better soil or even bags of nutrients to improve the soil we had.  But I didn’t really know any better so my kids and I planted seeds, I’m not even sure what we planted now besides corn, but we had faith that the seeds we planted would grow.

My 2 kids became my helpers and worked with me to keep the weeds down.

We worked all summer. 

Weeds grow better than plants as anyone who has ever tried to grow anything, knows very well.

The corn seeds we planted started growing, not very tall and not every seed sprouted, so it was a very sad looking garden.  Use your imagination here.

The kids got excited when they started seeing cobs forming on those wimpy stalks and we waited patiently for them to grow big enough to pick.

There weren’t very many of them, but we continued to wait.

Finally, after they had started school, it looked like the corn was finally ready.  Now I know that corn is supposed to be ready in July where I’m from, not at the end of August.  Anyway, the corn wasn’t ready until September and my 6-year-old son was excited to open it up and get it ready for dinner.  I sent him out to pick and husk it and bring it in.  He came to the back door with the biggest smile on his face, showing me the results of his summer full of work. 

I snapped a picture, trying not to show on my face my disappointment.

That corn was dry and sparce and quite frankly, pathetic.  There is no other word to describe it.

BUT the look on his face was priceless.

He was so proud of that one ear of corn.  That’s all we got!

Made my momma heart so full, and it still fills me up today.

What he was experiencing was what I know to be, the law of the harvest.

That which you plant, that you will reap.

To me, that means that when you put energy into something, and not only energy, but your heart and soul, you will get that same energy of love and intention back to you. 

The hardest part about this law of the harvest is that you may not receive it back in the way that you had hoped, but I do believe that it does come back to you in one way or another.

To me, this law is more about WHO you become as you do the work, not WHAT the outcome turns out to be.

This can be true in the goals that we set, and it can work in our marriages and any relationship that is important to us.

In the famous song, Turn, Turn, Turn by the Beatles, they sing:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Here are a few of my favorite lines from that song:

A time to laugh and a time to weep

A time to dance and a time to mourn

A time to build up and a time to break down

There’s a lot of opposites in there.

I choose to look at not just the positive and the negative, but all the time that we live in between.

Life requires a lot of “in between” time. 

And sometimes we get tired of waiting. 

Why does it seem that others don’t have to wait as long for what they want?

Waiting for the harvest that we expected to come sooner than later.

In my experience it’s always worth the wait.

It will require further cultivating of the soil, things like care and attention and effort.

This produces more growth.

That doesn’t make the waiting any easier.

But it does give us more choice of what we want to focus on.

Do I want it now or do I want to become what I get to become because of the waiting?!

There are “crops” that require months, years, and sometimes a lifetime of cultivation before the harvest. Among them are rewards that you want most, and that shouldn’t surprise you really. Common sense tells you that what matters most won’t come easily.

What are you feeling overburdened with right now that you could change your focus about?

Could it be that the cultivating you are doing while you are waiting for the burden to be lifted is helping you become the person you have always wanted to be?

Maybe it’s not the way you had envisioned it to go but the results could be even better.

Now, the results of our pathetic little corn harvest was never the point.

What became of those two adorable little children that worked so hard on that harvest?

They are hardworking young adults, that don’t give up when things get hard.  They are living their lives in such a way that I see that they focus on the becoming instead of the result.

Who are YOU becoming in your season of harvest?

Waiting can be really hard, and we can find ourselves discouraged and sometimes even feeling lost.

That’s why having a mentor that can see things from a different perspective can be really helpful.

Did you know I offer free one-on-one introductory session to see if I’m a good fit as your mentor?

Well, I do.

I call them Mini-Mentor sessions.

I only have a few openings each week, but I would love to offer one of those spots to you.

Each session only takes 15 minutes, and they could help you get through an especially difficult harvest season in your life. I can help you get past discouragement and back into focusing on who you are becoming.  I can be that person who sees things from a different point of view and guide you back to where you want to be.

Register for your 15-minute Mini-Mentor session today in the link in the show notes or go to Hunkeedori.com and click on the “Schedule a Call” button.  Find a time that works best for you and I’ll see you LIVE on Zoom soon.  I’m excited to meet you and help you any way that I can.

Thanks for joining me here today and remember:

I see you.  I understand how hard you’re trying, and I’d like to help however I can.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here next week.

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064: The Law of the Harvest
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