A Lesson From The Farmer

Once upon a time, a young man who grew up in the city inherited a large sum of money from a distant relative.

“This is a dream come true!” he exclaimed. Literally. Inspired by the movie Field of Dreams, he had long-dreamed of someday living on a farm in rural Iowa. So he sold his house in the city and moved his family to his “Field of Dreams.”

After settling into his new surroundings, the man began dreaming about the kind of farmer he’d like to be. I want to be the best corn farmer in the area, he decided. So, with his remaining money, he bought the best equipment available and the highest quality seed.

On the first day of the corn harvest, he hopped on his combine and drove out to his fields. Where’s my corn? he asked himself. All I can see are weeds. And it was true.

Too proud to ask anyone for advice, the man slowly drove home.

The next Spring on a sunny morning, the man drove his shiny new tractor to his fields to examine his young crop of corn. But again, he was disappointed. Where are the seedlings? he asked, his voice trembling. His dream was quickly becoming a nightmare. Slowly he drove home without saying a word to anyone.

Come harvest, he drove to his fields one last time, expecting the inevitable. And it was: an utter and complete crop failure.

Finally, after coming to the end of himself, he asked a retired farmer whom he greatly admired to meet with him.

“John,” he began. “I don’t understand why I’m not getting any crops. I moved to a farm. I bought the latest farming equipment. I purchased the highest quality seed. What’s my problem?”

“Glen,” the old farmer replied. “You have to plant seed in the soil if you want a harvest.”

Do You Resemble The Farmer?

Do you ever feel like your spiritual life is an utter and complete crop failure? Or do you feel low-level dissatisfaction in your relationship with God?

Perhaps you’ve been hoping for a harvest but you aren’t planting enough seeds. Your soul is like the rich, Iowa soil in this story. And the seed is the word of God.

When we consistently plant seeds of the word of God into the soil of our souls, we will reap a harvest. It may not be immediate, but it will take place.

What does the harvest look like? It can take a variety of appearances:

  • Godly character
  • Fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Love for people
  • Love for God
  • Strength to overcome sinful habits.
  • Ability to sense God’s presence

Obviously, reading the Bible isn’t a guarantee for a life without problems or an end to the struggle with our dark sides. But it WILL make a difference.

“For the word of God is living and active,” Hebrews 4:12 tells us. Something happens in our souls when we take regular doses of the word of God. It brings life. Spiritual life.

You’re Invited

On January 1, we’re going to begin our journey together reading through the Bible in one year. Please join me. For more information on our format, click here.

If you miss a day or two, you can catch up by reading past posts to the blog. If you’d like to visit every now and then for some spiritual food, that’s fine, too.

But most importantly…feed your soul.

Michael J. Klassen

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 6:9



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