Each and every day, we strive to learn something new. At least one thing. Anything. Every day. It’s kind of our mantra around the farm, as there is a l w a y s an abundance of newness to be discovered.
However, in this particular season, there is rarely a day that goes by in which I, we, don’t discover multiple new things.
For me, personally, the garden has been full of discovery this year.
It’s been an odd one, this growing season. The rains were abundant early on, and while that has led to very productive vines, it has also lengthened the ripening process of some fruits. What is normally harvested in one or two waves, has turned into four or five, or more.
Now, I’m not necessarily saying the harvest is more abundant this year. It’s just spread out. Those half dozen trips to the pea patch yield the same this year as the two trips last year. Four trips to the fig tree over three weeks time offer the same amount as one did, previously.
And I wonder – is it best to have all the fruit ripen at once? Seems like less time is required from us. Less work. Or is it?
Sure, there may be fewer trips to the field for harvesting. And all those buckets slap full can make you feel really accomplished.
The pressure of what to do with all that ripened fruit, at one time, can get quite overwhelming. And if there isn’t some sort of working plan for it, it can ruin very quickly, becoming good for nothing.
So it is in our own lives. The lives of our children. And the relationships of both.
I think maybe the lesson in this season has to do with progression – “the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state.”
If we truly are progressing, there will be, at some point, multiple points, fruit ready for harvesting.
And when it is, we must ask ourselves what we are going to do with it. Will it be arranged in a beautiful bowl, on display for all to marvel at, but well on its way to spoiling? Will it be shared with others, that they may be nourished as well?
Will it be combined with other fruits, each bringing out the best of the other?
And, finally, are we taking measures to preserve the over abundance, that it may be put to good use when needed?
I no longer wonder if the progressive fruit is more work on our part. I know it is. For this particular season has taught me firsthand. And although it is exhausting and time consuming and ALOT of work, it’s so worth the outcome.
Sow the seed. Tend the plant. Render the fruit. Preserve the harvest. Do the work. Because one day, that fruit will produce fruit of its own…
Blessings to ya’ll this weekend 🙂