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Brooksyne and her friend Jane with Cramers Farm Celosia (cockscomb)
"Blooming Where You're Planted"
Message summary: Our planting is "doing good"; living in obedience to God's commands and seeking to fulfill His purpose for our lives. The promise is that we will at the proper time reap a harvest, if we do not give up. Thank God for the blooms along the way. Let's keep planting wherever the Lord leads us.
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"A sower went out to sow" (Matthew 13:3). "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).
Cramers Farm is a huge commercial flower farm around the corner from our house. (Interestingly for long-time readers, this was the farm that our Amish friends Jesse and Anna Ruth lived on when we first met them in 2003).
Several weeks ago we shared a photo of Florencio Esparza, one of the field workers preparing a bunch of Zinnias he generously gave to Brooksyne when we had had stopped to talk* with him as we drove by. Last Saturday Brooksyne and her friend Jane took a walk by the farm as a different set of young workers were picking Celosia. Once again the workers generously gave them each a bunch to take home. It was an interesting sight as they walked up the road and into our driveway with the colorful long stem cockscomb.
These are not wild flowers randomly planted by nature but Keith Cramer, the owner of the farm and his staff, plants them each spring and is blessed when they bloom where they are planted. They are then harvested and have blessed many, from two friends on a walk to the scores of city folk where they are distributed and sold. This week they received a large order for Dahlia's to be displayed at the National Cathedral where John McCain is temporarily laid to rest.
Humans have had a role in planting since before the Fall. God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to work it, maintain it, draw nourishment from its fruitful produce and to enjoy its beauty (Genesis 2). Cain is described as "a worker of the ground" (Genesis 4:2). All through the Bible we see the record of planting and harvesting. Today, although many give little thought to it, we all depend upon the hard work of those who plant and harvest.
We first heard this phrase, "Bloom Where You're Planted" from our years in Bible College. The saying has the sense that we are to let God use us by being fruitful wherever we find ourselves. Sometimes we plant with careful strategy such as the farmers on the Cramers farm near our home and other times we must plant and sow seed where we didn't expect to be.
Marlin Smucker is one of the company owners we work with. His son, Jordan Smucker, is planting a new church in Columbus Ohio. Years of planning and preparation have gone in to this endeavor. The glory, of course ultimately goes to God, but many times we do have a planning role as to where we plant and where we are planted.
Today's text begins the parable of the sower. "A sower went out to sow." He had gone out to sow (plant) with planning and purpose. The goal was a harvest.
In our lives on various levels we are planting (sowing) every day expecting to see the fruit of our labor. We memorized our second text today early in our ministry, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Our planting is "doing good"; living in obedience to God's commands and seeking to fulfill His purpose for our lives. The promise is that we will at the proper time reap a harvest, if we do not give up.
Thank God for the blooms along the way. Let's keep planting wherever the Lord leads us.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we know that You are the Master Gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. As long as we stay connected to the vine we will reap a harvest of righteousness, peace and joy and life eternal in heaven. But meanwhile here on earth we may find ourselves in places and situations not of our own choosing. Even then You want us to plant seeds of goodness, kindness, generosity and love. We will reap a harvest of blessing from You and will bloom where we are planted if our heart and will is fully surrendered to You and when we fully trust You to be working all things for our good. Amen.
Hard working floral farmers!
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The Cramers Farm adds color to our neighborhood
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The men are harvesting a field of sunflowers (Cramers Farm is in the background).
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Jane showed Brooksyne how she made a nice arrangement with her cockscomb.
We have many bikers that ride by our house and in our neighborhood. As the ladies were walking and enjoying the fields of flowers many bikers drove by them and shared a brief greeting.
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The Cramers Farm on Google map
talk* Florencio knows limited English and we know limited Spanish but he still seems to appreciate the interest.
"Bringing In The Sheaves" Video Marshall Hall & Friends
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