Early this morning, the crows were screaming outside my window in our vegetable garden. Their loud, raucous noise woke me up. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I walked out to our vegetable garden, which had been sitting neglected since last summer. I decided, as it was February already and since we love them so much, I’d better try to clean out a raised bed and plant some potatoes.
Abundance from seeds planted during a previous season! Looking at the mess, I felt overwhelmed! I don’t like to weed and clean up the garden. I almost walked away, reasoning I would just have to wait for another day when I had more time. However, it occurred to me that it was already mid-February, so I’d better do it today. With our busy schedule we need to multi-task! We need vegetables to be growing while we are out ministering and working.
I started weeding out a planter box, pulling on the branches of old tomato plants and eggplant stalks, removing vegetable cages and pulling out clumps of dollar weeds. I found a dried-up tomato on top of the soil, which made me happy! Tomatoes and other fruits that fall off sometimes grow new plants, called “volunteers”, with no effort on our part. Volunteers are new plants that grow from the seeds of plants from a previous growing season. I love when that happens! It’s like free food!
I believe and I decree that you will see a return and abundance from the seeds that you have planted in a previous season!
I heard the Lord say, “See, those aren’t weeds! They’re hidden fruit!”
Steadily cleaning out the weeds and dead plants, pulling on dried sweet-potato vines on top of the soil, a sweet potato came up out of the now-loosened dirt. To my surprise, there was another one, and then another! Stunningly, I hadn’t even planted sweet potatoes in this planter last season! They grew from vines in the next planter over which had reached across into this planter box, made contact with the soil and grew potatoes, without any work on my part. They must have grown after we finished the last harvest, without our knowledge. More free food!
Suddenly, I heard the Lord say, “See, those aren’t weeds! They’re hidden fruit!”
I kept digging through the soil, and the Lord kept speaking! He told me that He had been working in the background the entire time, even when I had neglected the garden. He actually said that He had been working “behind my back”! These plants had been growing while I wasn’t watching, with absolutely no help from me! In fact, they grew IN SPITE of me!
This is GOOD NEWS! God doesn’t need our help! He is working on our behalf, night and day, while we sleep, even if we mess up, even if we neglect our “garden”. He is still working, “behind our backs”! He is producing hidden fruit for us, whether we are aware of it or not – with no help from us at all!
“It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep,” (Ps. 127:2 NASB).
I planted the row of potatoes in that planter and then picked up several seed potatoes in my hands. I turned to plant them in another raised box, but realized I was out of room. I thought, “I don’t have enough seed beds prepared!” Immediately, I heard the Lord say, “I don’t either!” I understood Him to mean that He has so much seed to plant (the unsaved) and not nearly enough seed beds (us, His mentors and teachers) prepared to receive them! He needs more laborers.
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few.
So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest’,” (Matt. 9:37-38 AMPC).
You shall reap a bonus crop! About a month or so ago, I stuck some potatoes on top of the soil in a planter to try to get a head start on the growing season. When I found out that freezes were coming, I piled straw on top to “protect” the potatoes. This morning, not only were the potatoes growing, but some of the seed from the straw, too – a bonus crop! I decree that not only are you going to reap that which you have sown, but you shall also reap even MORE than that, a bonus crop!
“Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him,” (Genesis 26:12 NIV).
When I had planted all the seed potatoes, heading toward the house with belly rumbling, I thought to myself, “I am so hungry!” I heard, “Wash off a sweet potato and eat it!” I washed the sweet potatoes off, but one end of each of them had been frozen, so I hesitated to eat one. Regardless, I knew that I could stick them in water to allow them to produce “slips” – little baby vines that grow, for the purpose of being planted to produce even more fruit. I believe that God is saying that even from those things that are dead, or simply appear to be no good, will come even more fruit!
“Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days!
Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:38-39 AMPC).
It is time to harvest the hidden fruit! God has prepared us for the seed that has been planted and growing while we weren’t watching to produce fruit that is hidden – but is there nonetheless! It is time to harvest the hidden fruit! Those aren’t weeds! Don’t be overwhelmed! Don’t walk away! Don’t be afraid – or too busy – to harvest the fruit in your garden. Believe and rely on Jesus and you will see the glory of God!
|February 17th, 2018 Saturday 6:00 PM|
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