Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.
Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. – Psalms 128:1-4 (NIV)
I just finished making a batch of zucchini bread and a batch of squash bread and I have to tell you, eating the fruit of you labors is good….really good. Tomatoes with more flavor than a juicy steak, strawberries with just the right balance of sweet and tart, and the blessing of watching my family enjoy these products from the field. Good times.
It challenges me to find that same blessing in our life together with God. Sometimes we all can get on our own track, concerned with the burdens of our life and responsibilities and forget about what God provides. We don’t count our blessings nearly enough as we should. We get overcome by our own burdens and focused on how we can take care of ourselves. We become less like family and more like roommates.
The amazing thing about working toward the harvest is that you get to eat the fruit and share the experience. Not only do we appreciate the bounty of the work, but we can bear one another up in the process. I am grateful for all our garden has provided this year, but I will take laughter and conversation at the table where its fruit is eaten any day of the week. The problem is that I don’t always do that. I get focused on my own life and problems and forget to enjoy the blessings that are sitting at the table with me.
Lord, help me have eyes to see the blessings around me every day, especially the beautiful family you have given me. Grow in me a desire to bless them and encourage them in their journey with You. Make us a family marked by love and respect for one another. Amen.