Harvest time in the country is one of hard work, but also engenders a sense of satisfaction from reaping the benefits of what we have sown long before. In many ways, the annual harvest of crops – be it vegetables from the garden, fruit from the trees, or, in the case of the artwork, Harvest Time, wheat from the fields – reminds us of life’s cycles: there is a beginning, a time of growth, and, at the end, a time benefit from all that we have done.
It is easy to forget this – it is easy to think that all the work we do, the time we spend in an activity, and the time – which seems endless – in which we wait, is useless and will bear nothing but more of nothing. But this is not true. Every single year, millions of wheat seeds are planted in the ground, and for a long time, it looks like nothing is happening.
But then the seed germinates, and a tiny amount of green can be seen. After that, the wheat grass grows, incrementally day by day, and at such a rate that we don’t think anything is happening. But when enough time goes by, we notice that the wheat stalks are taller, straighter, and beginning to turn from green to the golden hue they need to be before the ripe seed head is ready.
Year by year this happens, with a regularity that tells us a story, if we listen: there is a time for everything, and everything happens in its time. Though there is much we can do to advance matters in our lives and in the fields, there is also a significant amount that we have no control over, and must simply trust that the Creator who set the seasons in motion, knows the rhythm to which they move.
Featured in 24 Fine Art America groups.
November 9th, 2017
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