Recently we made a weekend bike trip to Maggie Valley, NC with some friends. The weather was perfect, even unseasonably warm for late October. No matter how many autumns I have seen, each one has its own distinctive way of changing colors. The yellows, reds, oranges, and purples are a reminder each year of the creative palette of our awesome God. It's amazing how much He gives us to enjoy.He didn't have to create different trees, plants, or food for us, but He did because He wants us to have every aspect of His goodness.
We stayed at Lake Junaluska, a beautiful conference center in Waynesville. Above the lake sits a large cross that is lighted at night. Behind the cross the bright full moon was shining over the water. But in the picture, as you can see, the cross looks as if it is suspended in the air in front of the moon.
As we traveled back toward home, we passed a large field full of ripe cotton bolls. As far as the eye could see, it was solid white. It reminded me of the verse when Jesus was telling his disciples, “look at the fields for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35). It made me more aware of the importance of bringing that harvest in and what my part is in that labor. Because we have received so much from our Lord, the best thing we can do for others is share that abundance with them.
Fall harvest is upon us in more ways than one. The cotton fields, apples, pumpkins, cabbages and all other fall vegetables are ready to harvest—but so is the world.
The cross shining over the water reminds me of His love and sacrifice, and the white cotton fields are people waiting to receive it.
Let's bring in the harvest.