Last week after church I was privileged enough to finish off the vacuuming in our morning tea area. Before you start feeling sorry for me I think it is only fair to say that I rarely get that opportunity. At LCCR we have such a great bunch of dedicated volunteers who regularly jump in to help give church that great family feeling. Every week there are heaps of us behind the scenes performing all sorts of tasks that many take for granted. A church like ours can only function when everyone brings the skills and abilities God gave them to be part of something bigger. Anyway both Ps. Col and I found ourselves on the Vacuum cleaners after church last week and we came across a spot which usually needs a very solid vacuum and I mentioned to Ps Col that there must have been a few away because it was so tidy.
Ps Col then quoted Proverbs 14:4
Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest
I thought what a great analogy of church life in general. Most of us love to see everything neat and its place. We love to always know everything that is going on and have things stay the same. Unfortunately, that isn’t how harvest happens. Harvest is intense. Harvest is messy. At harvest time you need to be able to roll with the punches and adapt quickly when things don’t go your way. I have been involved in plenty of wheat harvests over the years and my experience of wheat harvest is long hours covered in grease & dust, poor sleeping patterns and a game plan that often changed on an hourly basis. Shovelling wheat at 1am in the morning isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time but that is harvest. No farmer resents the work load of harvest. For the farmer the whole year comes down to that moment. Harvest is the payoff for all the hard work. It’s the ‘why we do it’. So it is for us at LCCR. When something changes that we didn’t expect we know that is because we are growing. When we step aside in a ministry area to give someone else a go we know we are raising up the next generation. When the floor gets a bit messy we know that is because Roma people are enjoying church. When I am on the vacuum cleaner I reckon that’s the good dirt. Let’s be a church that embraces the harvest and everything that comes with it.