Make Hay While The Sun Shines
Driving around this week I’ve noticed lots of hay fields cut…rows and rows of Ozarks’ fescue grass baking in the warm sun. Farmers were taking advantage of the first full week with little or no rain in the forecast to catch up on this year’s hay harvest. It’s definitely time to “make hay while the sun shines!”
It reminded me of something Jesus once said. “Look, I tell you: open your eyes and notice that the fields are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35, CEB)
He said that to his disciples who’d just returned from a trip to the grocery store in a Samaritan town and were surprised to find Jesus sitting at Jacob’s well talking to a Samaritan woman. Their itinerary called for a short break here and then quickly moving on north to their destination of Galilee. Jesus had other plans.
He saw an opportunity in both the Samaritan women’s openness to the gospel and the many people her testimony would bring to Jesus…“Come and see a man who has told me everything I’ve done! Could this man be the Christ?” (John 4:29, CEB). The field was ready for harvest and they were sticking around for a few days.
Too many times I am more like those original disciples, than like Jesus. In my rush to get through my day’s schedule and plan, I fail to realize opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus in word or actions…even when they’re right in front of my eyes. Sound familiar?
Take a look at where you are and who is around you today. Stop…look…listen. Is the sun shining?
Your partner on the journey,