How can we expect to harvest apples when we sowed lemon seeds? I have learned that we reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow. Sowing and reaping is a law of the spiritual world and it’s more than just an agricultural principle. The Message paraphrased Paul’s sowing/reaping admonition to the Church of Galatia in Galatians 6:7-8, “Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Fact is sowing seeds is a wonderful metaphor for our lives. When we sow good seeds through our behavior, like real seeds, they will spend some time underground, dormant. The fruits of our labors typically don’t sprout immediately. But if we are patient and wait in faith, where we have planted good seeds, we eventually will have good results. Simply put, our lives are the result of the seeds that we’ve planted over time. It takes a while before we see what the results of our planting.
But know that the seeds you plant today will affect your tomorrow in ways that you may not anticipate. So consider the types of seeds that you are planting and don’t expect to harvest apples from a lemon tree😇!