“It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop.” - 1 Corinthians 9:10
Hope is an essential piece of a fulfilling life. Like love, God places hope in our heart to energize and sustain us as nothing else can do. We have a responsibility to nurture hope, to keep it growing and functioning.
Farm living provides a perfect training ground for learning this truth. If we hope for a bountiful yield, we must make a proper planting, tend the sprouts, keep marauders away, and handle the harvest with care.
Nothing is more satisfying than to sit at a table laden with good food, or to fork fragrant hay to the cattle in the barn on a cold winter night. We know that teaming up with God’s elements of creation has made it all possible. We receive blessings along the way, too, as we experience the pleasure of a job well done, whether it’s all in a day’s work or the result of months of labor.
If crops fail, hope undergirds and carries us toward success in the next cycle of seasons, because we have seen it happen before. Our outlook is bleak if we do not have hope lighting our daily path.
Thanks be to God for this great gift.
By Evelyn Richardson, United Methodist Temple, Pennyrile District