“If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest.” Proverbs 20:4
I got stuck on this verse the other day.
Normally I would read a verse like this and focus on the lazy part. I would think about the lazy moments of my day (all 10 minutes of them) and remind myself to keep moving and be productive.
But, not this time. This time I focused on a different phrase- “the right season”
I couldn’t stop thinking about those words- over and over I repeated them.
Then I added the first part. “If you are too lazy to plow in the right season”.
I think it’s safe to assume that most of us want to work hard and be productive. We want our lives to count for something. But in our quest to be someone and do something significant we start to neglect what’s necessary in the right season. We are then disappointed when we don’t reap the harvest when we expected.
Problem is, the right season isn’t usually glamorous or exciting. It may even feel boring and mundane.
My main job is to be a stay at home mom. My current tasks include (but not limited to): breastfeeding, preparing meals (don’t forget clean up), changing diapers, changing clothes, potty training, character development (obedience, self-control, kindness, etc). And that’s all within the first hour of my day. I could go on and on with all the tasks that are far from glamorous.
But what keeps me motivated is thinking of my children all grown up and on their own.
Who do I want them to become?
What do I want their relationship with God to be like?
What do I want their relationship with Filipe and I to be like?
How do I want them to relate to the world around them?
When I start to answer those questions I am highly motivated to do the dirty work. Does it make it any more fun? Not really. But it does give it purpose.
I think when we do the right work in the right season, God will sometimes give us a glimpse of our harvest. Over the weekend I felt like God gave me one of these glimpses. It was so small, but for me so huge.
One of my biggest goals as a mom is for our family to be a godly example to those around us. This is an underlying reason behind all of my parenting methods- from the way my kids treat others to the way they respond to me when corrected.
Over the weekend, South Bay served at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. Thousands of people come to this event and it’s a huge opportunity for our church to show Christ’s love to our community. Saturday afternoon the kids and I went up there with Filipe for a couple hours. I felt like those two hours were pretty ordinary as a mom. I had to feed Efraim his dinner while keeping both girls from getting run over by golf carts that kept whizzing by to throw trash away right next to where we were. I had to keep telling Cailyn to stop throwing rocks and Lily to stay where I could see her or stay with Filipe. Like I said, pretty normal, ordinary circumstances in the life of a mom.
When we were driving home Filipe told me that one of our volunteers commented about how amazed she was with our kids. When her shift was over she hung around and played with them until we left. Filipe said she kept going on and on about how well-behaved and polite they were. My response was, “really?, why?”. We went on to talk about why she would say those things.
For me, that was a huge compliment. While I don’t expect perfect behavior from my kids, I do have high expectations for them because I know that their behavior affects those around them positively or negatively. Receiving that compliment showed me that they affected someone in a positive way that day, and for me, that was a harvest moment. I was reminded that consistency and correction, as frustrating as it might be, is necessary work in parenting.
How about you? Has God placed you in a role or a job that you’re neglecting work in? If so, keep at it and keep working. The harvest will come, maybe not tomorrow, but it will come at the right time.