What a beautiful and busy fall it has been! I’ve been so busy with writing assignments that I’ve neglected the blog. But for the month of November, I’ll be doing several five minute writings of encouragement. I’m going to call it Five Minute Great-fulls! Kind of like an appetizer leading up to the wonderful feast of Thanksgiving gratitude!

Here’s something that is just chock full of great-ness: Harvesting where you have not planted.

It is a blessing of God.

I’m tired of working so that others might prosper.

I’m tired of the work of my hands being used to fuel the greed of others.

I want to eat of the fruit that I have planted. I want to enjoy my harvest. I want my vines to be blessed. I want my children to be like olive plants around my table.

I want to have a table spread in the presence of my enemies.

I want the windows of heaven to open and pour out a blessing.

I’m tired of sowing so that others might enjoy the harvest.

Am I selfish? No! I’m a child of a Father who delights in giving good gifts, and He said in Malachi 3 that I could test Him and see if He might not open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing, and the devourer would not destroy the fruit of the ground, or the vine cast her fruit before the time.

So, here’s what I want! A blessing that comes not of my own efforts, but because of the goodness and might of God!

[quote]And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not. Deut 6:11[/quote]

[quote]And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof. II Kings 19:29[/quote]

Last week I harvested where I had not planted. Walked outside and just plucked delicious fruit from the tree. I didn’t work a bit for it. It just appeared like golden medallions, a treasure of delicious greatness for the plucking.

I want more blessings like this. Where God just presents it to me with no labor, no back-breaking work of plowing, no stiff-backed planting, no sweat-laden watering, no chiggery weeding, no fighting pestilence–just the tasty goodness of a bountiful harvest where I haven’t even planted. I’m no stranger to labor – I just want the added blessing of His goodness and favor (an extra little blessing to the labor of my hands)!

What a great-full day!