My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same. [Job 4:8 (NLT)]
When a farmer or gardener plant seeds, those seeds will produce a harvest of that particular plant. It’s the same with people; we will get whatever we plant in our relationships. Just as apple seeds yield apples, the seeds of kindness will produce kindness and thoughtfulness. The seeds of patience will yield a harvest of patience and perseverance. If truth is planted, the planter will reap truth and trust.
We need to remember, however, that, if we plant weeds, that’s exactly what we’ll get. Thistle seeds won’t yield roses, seeds of blame won’t yield forgiveness, and seeds of selfishness don’t produce generosity. The harvest from seeds of deceit will only be more lies while unfaithfulness reaps infidelity. Doubt flowers into suspicion and compassion won’t bloom where callousness has been planted. We can’t sow evil and expect to get blessings!
Good farmers and gardeners think seriously about the kind of seeds they’ll plant. They not only look for seeds that will yield a bountiful crop but also for ones that are resistant to weeds, disease and pests. Perhaps we need to spend some time every morning determining the sort of seeds we will plant in our lives each day. What kind of crop do we want? What can we plant in the garden of our lives that will blossom into a bountiful harvest of good?
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. [Dorothy Day]