As I write this, most combine harvesters have finished their work for another year (although other crops are still growing). There is something pleasing about gathering in the harvest whether from a large farm, or a small garden. As well as preparing the ground and sowing seeds, keen gardeners will regularly remove weeds and ensure the plants are watered, so that they have the best possible chance of producing a good crop.
Whilst there is a real sense of pleasure as the seeds begin to grow and produce a harvest, gardeners have no control over the way the seed in the ground springs into life and begins to make roots and produce shoots. So it is important to thank God for this amazing miracle which we so often take for granted.
When we become Christians, God plants His Holy Spirit in our lives, and is looking for a harvest. Our verse for this month reminds us of the harvest that God is looking for:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5v22-23).
I realise that some of these are not as fruitful in my life as they should be. For one thing, I am not always as patient as I may appear to be! So I need to work on it, and root out things from my life that are preventing the fruit from growing and ripening!! For you, which aspects of the fruit need attention?
We need to take care to remove any weeds that may be growing in our lives, so that we can produce a good harvest.