We’ve got a lot of good stories in our family made up by my daughter (she of George, the Rabid Chicken fame.) And one relates to the Grim Reaper. One fall, probably near Halloween, she came across the image of the Grim Reaper. A ghastly, grim image he is. She was about 6 at the time. And she called him the Grim Reeker. And really, haven’t you visited a bathroom out of which a Grim Reeker has recently stepped? (But I digress.)
Anyway, we were driving to a University of Georgia football game from Nashville, and were stuck in traffic on some back roads near Atlanta. It was a Friday night in October, during rush hour, and honestly, I am mystified how anyone within a 50 mile radius of Atlanta ever goes anywhere. But, again, I digress. Night had fallen, and my dear daughter was looking out the window at a bus stop bench and claimed to have seen the Grim Reeker sitting there. She told us he was holding a sign that said, “You’ve got a life, and I don’t.” (But I’m pretty sure he was looking for one, if you know what I mean.)
Anyway, what does the Grim Reeker (or the Grim Reaper) have to do with the REAL subject of today’s post? Well, not much, except I have been reading Proverbs 2 this morning, which to me has everything to do with the biblical principle of reaping and sowing. And the picture of a scythe came to my mind. Which led to the Grim Reeker.
But let’s get back to that principle of reaping and sowing. If you plant okra, you’re not going to get eggplant. (Which will come as a great relief to my pal, Bethany, the world’s foremost eggplant detester.)You will find the principle of reaping and sowing all throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New, and Solomon is trying to spell it out for his “son”, and to all the rest of us.
“My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you”
In Chapter 1 of the book of Proverbs, you remember he told us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. In Chapter 2, he tells his son (and us) how to get it. He tells us to accept his words and store up his commands. Like in a bank vault. Or in a pantry. Storing up treasure. Storing up good things. Day after day after day. Faithfully making deposits of good stuff.
“turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight,
and cry aloud for understanding
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.”
These are active verbs. They require action on our part. What are we to do again?
turn your ear
apply your heart
look for it
search for it
Do you hear the action being called for?
You and I will reap what we sow.
Am I sowing? Are you sowing?
How’s that going?
And by the way, you and I ARE sowing, whether we realize it or not. So, maybe a better question would be, “What am I sowing?”
Faithfully sow! Do not give up! Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
If I’ve given up sowing the good stuff for a while, then I need to get back on my J.O.B.! After all, what do I want to reap???
Solomon says if we will do these things:
“then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.”
And really, even more than the hokey pokey, that’s what it’s all about.