The word harvest has also appeared to me over and over in the past few months, like a single word pointing toward a theme. Most recently, it was there in the fish story, and it appeared again now in Psalm 65:9,11: “The rivers of God will not run dry; they provide a bountiful harvest of grain for you have ordered it so…You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.”
God is the One who orders a bountiful harvest. Sure, we have to do our part when involved in ministry, but our strategies are not the driving strength. Without His crowning our efforts with fruitfulness, we labor in vain.
Something else speaks deeply to me through these verses: “Even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” What might that mean? Well, I’m thinking it means that even the most difficult places of our lives/ministry can bear fruit when God orders it. We’re not talkin’ a few scraggly branches with miniature buds. No. We’re talkin’ a harvest that overflows – branches bending low and nearly breaking with spiritual fruit – lives changed for eternity, broken people healed, those in despair finding fresh hope.
It would be an interesting study to list one’s hard pathways. Maybe it’s raising a teen who seems hell-bent on doing life his own way. Maybe it’s an ugly and unwanted divorce. Maybe it’s a difficult personal relationship. Perhaps it’s working, working, working in a ministry field without achieving noticeable results. The pathway seems hard, the soil too dense to allow a seed to enter and take root, let alone grow. And yet there’s hope because God says those hard pathways will overflow with abundance.