In September, I began my new fulltime role as Outreach, Youth and Families Co-ordinator for St Peter’s Church. Although I have now been in this position for a month, this change in role led me to think about the change of season we are currently going through. We have recently just celebrated Harvest, traditionally the time of year when all the crops and grain were gathered in, in preparation for the coming winter months. It marked the end of summer and the ‘growing’ season and the beginning of the winter season. As I was thinking about what harvest actually meant, I realised that it had a great deal of significance with the new role that I have undertaken and how although we celebrate harvest in a physical way of collecting in all the crops and grain and thanking God for it, it also has a deeper meaning than that. I have been looking at a couple of bible verses to hopefully try and help me explain this a little bit better and hopefully to see how sometimes when we change seasons in our lives God can provide for us in those moments too.
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. Deuteronomy 24 vs 19
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6 vs 9
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9 vs 37-38
The Harvest that God sees, is not only the physical produce, but who we are as people too and how we are growing in what we do. He patiently waits as each one of us grows, matures and flourishes in what we do. Wanting us to watch out for those people around us and to be kind and generous with what we already have. To keep going even when we might feel like we are struggling because when our season of life changes we can reap a good harvest. So, just as I have began a new role and changed seasons in my life as we start out in October I challenge you to think about this change in season. What can you do for those people around you that may help them in their current season? What can you do for yourself in yours?
My role through 2018/19 is to try to help us all to grow in a way that we shall be ready for the greatest Harvest Celebration of all!
With my prayers for the changing season,
Lizzie Davidson –Outreach, Youth and Families Co-ordinator
8th October 2018