“Fall, My Favorite Time of the Year …”

“Fall, My Favorite Time of the Year …”

… but, it’s not just because it’s hunting season and the season of harvest.  It’s so much more. The Psalmist David said, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained: What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” Psalm 8:3,4  When I drive through the resplendent majestic colors of Fall, it is just overwhelming. Truly God is the greatest artist of all!

It is also the time of harvest. Jeremiah cried out, “The harvest is past.  The summer is ended. And we are not saved!” Jeremiah 8:20. The prophet, “Jerry” =  Jeremiah, was bemoaning the fact that we were not bringing in a greater harvest of souls. Jesus commented, “Then He said to His disciples: The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”  Mt. 9:37

One more verse comes to mind. “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  Ps. 126:6

Fall is a great season. The four verses mentioned above give us a collective thought about this season and the time of harvest:

  1. Wow, God! When I look around and consider the skies, the land, the colors, I’m reminded, You are so wonderful and immense. You’re so BIG! I am amazed that you are thinking of little ole me!
  2. Harvest? Oh, You have much to say to me about that! It almost looks like we haven’t taken full advantage of the harvest that has been set before us.  The Church has a great harvest of souls to bring in.  
  3. Alas! Not all the harvest has been brought in! It brings tears to our eyes.  The very thought of it turns my stomach sour. How could it be that there were souls eager to hear and eager to accept Christ, but we didn’t have enough combines (Christian workers) to bring all the harvest in! It is an awful realization, “There was more that we the Church could have done, IF we had more workers going into the fields!.” It is enough to make a preacher and others, who are concerned about the lostness of humanity, cry.  There are so few willing and prepared to “GO.”
  4. However, we have one great promise. If we go weeping, taking our seed (The Gospel Good News) with us, If we bear, or carry that Seed (God’s Truth), then we are guaranteed a bountiful harvest of souls!

It is a great time of the year! I long for more than resplendent colors of the quakies, the aspen trees. I long to do more than sightsee. My heart yearns, yes, even begs, to see more souls brought in as harvest for the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Stan