“The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
It’s Thanksgiving 2022 and a cold snap has gripped parts of the US with a lot of snow, rain, cold and gloom. Definitely not my favorite kind of weather at anytime of the year, but this post is not about the weather….
During the month of October my church participated in a movement called the 10:02 Challenge:
“The ten:02 challenge is an invitation for Christians to earnestly pray for the harvest and the workers in the harvest. We are challenging Christians to pray daily for the Harvest in the month of October (the 10th month) to pray at 10:02 for the Harvest.”
So, I set an alarm on my really smart watch and everyday at 10:02 it buzzed to remind me to pray. I have to admit, I was reluctant to stop what I was doing and pray! So being transparent as always, here is my reluctant prayer;
Lord, I know we need workers for your harvest…but where are they? I didn’t see many new people in church this week and the ones that were there didn’t want anything extra to do. So Lord…show me where to find more. Amen
This is where God says “Sara! Step aside and watch me work! So I did, and here’s why I am amazed and a little overwhelmed today by his grace and mercy.’
It began last night as we stood outside a local grocery store handing out fliers to ask folks to buy items on the list or donate money to the local food pantries. It was SOOOOO cold out and most of us did not dress warmly enough. At first it didn’t seem folks were interested, but all of a sudden people were coming out of the store with cart loads of groceries for the food pantry and in some cases cash! I have to say I am so proud of being part of such a generous community!
Fast forward to this morning….It was food distribution day at the local food pantry. Our church volunteers on these days and we have a team that walks the line of cars (200+) to pray with folks if they desire it. Today, some would just give a thumbs up to say all was well (so they didn’t have to lower their car windows) but some were not concerned about the cold. They lowered their windows and told us their stories. Stories of hardship, health problems and heartaches. Prayers for families were numerous, but over and over again we saw selflessness not selfishness from these people waiting in the food distribution line. People who were struggling with their own problems but were willing to give what they had to others. Here were workers for the harvest! I cannot share all of their stories with you, but I can say that I am humbled by their generosity and care for others in the midst of so many of their own challenges.
Now we come to the end of the line…or is it the beginning? The activity at the food pantry is something to behold. In the parking lot there are pallets of eggs, milk, meat and a lot of other items are waiting to be loaded into the cars of these special people. The amount of volunteers that it takes to make this happen is a site to behold. Were they cold? Absolutely! I heard no complaints though, as they continually worked to provide for those in need. The workers inside were providing hot chocolate and coffee for volunteers…a much needed part of the process!
Oh…I get it now! I see what you wanted me to see Lord. Here are some of your workers, in the food pantries, in the neighborhoods helping friends and neighbors in your name. Of course we need more, but I will change my reluctant prayer to this;
Lord, thank you for all of the workers for your harvest. Thank you for showing me where to look for them. But the need is great…please send more to feed the hungry and to tell others about the hope we have in you. Amen
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Matthew 25:35
My prayer for you this week (and not reluctantly) Watch and be amazed as you see God working in the world around you. Join in with the workers of the harvest so that more would know the hope that we have in Jesus!