It is with great joy that we gather and eat the beginning harvest from our fields. While our produce isn’t anything overwhelming, it is providing us with food that we greatly enjoy on a deeper level than ever before. First, because home grown organic vegetables taste and smell absolutely wonderful and, secondly, because it is the reward of the labor and work of our own hands. Plates of sliced cucumbers, pans of squash casseroles, pots of steamed zucchini and cups of fresh salsa from our peppers…
We are currently picking beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, okra and a variety of peppers. It is a wonderful thing to eat the fruits of your own labor, but even better, the fruits of family labor.
Through it all, the most important thing is that we are learning to revisit the old paths and give thanks to our Creator for the abundance He pours out on us, seen not only in our fields, but a constant reminder of His grace in our lives.
I was listening to the prayers of my 11 year old yesterday as he thanked the Lord for providing us with fresh milk to put on our table from our cow and for the food we are able to pick out of our garden. I was reminded that not only am I being changed through our life here on the farm, but my children are forever being changed and learning that life isn’t about the latest fashion, TV show or keeping up with the material possessions of the next family. It makes me smile with I hear them giving thanks to God for things like rain, milk, beans and a cool home to come into after working out in the hot sun. How easily forgotten these blessings are in a world that no longer values or appreciates the seemingly simple things in life. In reality, these “simple things”, like water, sunshine, food and shelter are gifts from our Father in Heaven, not to be taken for taken for granted.
My husband recently read and discussed this chapter of Scripture with us during our family worship time; Psalm 104.
Psalm 104:13-15 “He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”