In the midst of pulling weeds, Dig was over by me and shouts, “Mum, look!” And there, hiding amongst the flowers (and the weeds) was a perfect little strawberry. There was great rejoicing over that strawberry! Dig took it indoors, found a butter knife, and split it three ways to share with his two brothers.
We continued with our gardening, moving to another spot. This time the boys were employed with dead-heading. We have quite a big patch of raspberries growing up, but they are new shoots and not fruiting yet. I was in the midst of the raspberries when Dig shouted again, “Look! More strawberries!” And sure enough, there they were. Only this time there were several. And again, rejoicing!
We harvested those little berries, then got the few raspberries and blackberries that had ripened in the back yard. The two year old had a hard time understanding that we needed to rinse the berries before we ate them, so there was less rejoicing on his part.
When we came inside and I was rinsing the berries for them, I started to think about that verse about one sowing and another reaping. This is our first June at The Birdhouse. We haven’t planted any kind of berries. That was the work of the previous owners. Yet, here we are, now reaping what they had sown. And we are so blessed and rejoicing!
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” John 4:36-38
Definitely this verse is not talking about our surprise strawberries. But that’s the wonderful thing about being familiar with the Word. That whatever we do and wherever we go, there are things that recall to our minds God’s truth and love and plans as laid out in scripture.
Verse 36 says “so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.” I have no idea if the previous owners sit around thinking about how they’re missing out on the strawberries they planted. I probably would if I were them! But I know that doing God’s work is a less selfish thing (or should be). When our joy is in God Himself, then it doesn’t matter if we do the work of sowing (unseen) or reaping (seen), we rejoice together in doing His work!