The recent, long-awaited rains might have delayed the last planting of winter wheat in our region that ranks 7th in the nation for the production of this vital food. Pyramid-shaped piles of sugar beets gracing our landscape signal their harvest is in full swing. Our first frost has flattened the green vines causing the pumpkins to pop like bright orange polka dots in patches. When worshipping the Lord, I heard, “I’m removing you from the old mold.” Mama’s well-used, aluminum kitchen mold that she used for Jello® recipes flashed through my mind. Thankfully, none of our family was fond of that ghastly green-colored kind. All of us favored red flavors with sliced bananas placed inside before a complete jelling. I’m just kidding – if you prefer green Jello, enjoy! Let’s connect this life cycle of the wheat, the harvest, and the mold, shall we?
The purpose of winter wheat.
Winter wheat is planted to decrease erosion from runoff of water and wind and to improve soil aeration. It helps to stabilize the soil, reduce the number of weeds and plant diseases, and control insect infestation. Recovery of soil fertility is another benefit. The key thing with winter wheat is that it requires either very cold or freezing temperatures for extended periods of time to launch the reproductive stage. So, if it does not go through this process and endure the cold, it will not produce seed.
Green Fields & White Fields
The image in this week’s prophetic blog post features a healthy field of green winter wheat. The most important fields are mentioned in John 4:34-38, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
The four months referred to in the above passage pertains to the barley planting and harvesting cycle. The Israelites’ harvest began at Passover which is in the spring of the year. In metaphorical language, Jesus is encouraging His disciples to literally look at the agricultural and spiritual harvest fields right before their very eyes. This passage of scripture mentioned in the 4th chapter of the gospel of John occurred after Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well. She literally could be considered the first evangelist in the Bible as she returned to her village and told them of the Savior of the world. Many returned to meet Jesus and ultimately believed in Him. (John 4:39-42)
After Jesus selected His 12 apostles, He also appointed seventy others with the following instructions, “Then He said to them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'” (Luke 10:1-2) Harvest appears in approximately 80 different places in scripture. My favorite spot is God’s promise in Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night, shall not cease.”
Not that kind of mold!
When I heard in my spirit, “I’m removing you from the old mold,” I knew which kind of noun form of mold the Lord was referring to. It’s (a) below as opposed to (b).
(a) “a distinctive and typical style, form, or character.” (b) “a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales); a fungus that produces mold.”
By inference, if the old mold we’ve poured ourselves into, even without realizing it, isn’t producing a harvest, God desires to remove it for the sake of His kingdom. He will be doing something new in our lives with the overarching purpose of planting and harvesting. The number 8 is connected with new beginnings. https://sheilaeismann.com/exercise-your-faith/
Supernatural Yellow Hope Flower
This is the 8th petal on the supernatural, yellow, hope flower which is connected to the number 8 = new beginnings. God is removing you from the old mold and assigning something new to you that’s connected to the harvest.
Everything Has It’s Appointed Time.
According to Ecclesiastes 3:2b, there is “A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;”
One spiritual application of this verse is when God planted Israel as a nation in the land of Canaan in the Old Testament, He plucked it up and sent it into exile twice, and replanted it after the Israelites’ Babylonian captivity. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah are good ones to study if you are interested in this. Following Jesus’ death, crucifixion, ascension into heaven, and the diaspora of the early Christians, it was almost two millennia before Israel was replanted as a nation in May of 1948.
The name Joanna was quickened unto me which means God is gracious. Who knows, you just might encounter a woman named Joanna in your new field!
A field symbolizes the church universal or a particular church, a believer in Christ, the world, or harvest (someone in the field.)
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living:
#1. Just like the winter wheat must endure temperature extremes in order to produce a seed, there are times in our Christian walk when we will feel like we’ve been left out in the cold by others or through trials and tribulations, but God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Joshua 1:9 and Hebrews 13:5-6) #2. Is Jesus calling you as a laborer into a new harvest field? If so, where is it? What is your new beginning? Watch for signposts and confirmations. #3. It can be most unsettling to have our life cycle interrupted, but God’s plans stand firm in the heavens. May we be flexible and cooperate with Him. #4. Just like there are fields ripe for harvest in our valley right now, there are multitudes among us ready to receive the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so their names can remain in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 3:5) #5. There’s a gentle urging to evaluate our lives to see if there are areas that have grown fruitless and need to be plucked up. (Ecclesiastes 3:2b) God will be faithful to show us as we spend time in His word and prayer with Him. He is gracious (the meaning of the name Joanna). Wouldn’t it be amazing if you met someone named Joanna in your new field assignment and life cycle? Whoa, God!
Here’s a little acrostic poem I authored a few years ago titled ~~
Help me to see the lost, As I travel through this day. Ready my heart to help, Various people are still at bay. Everyone can use a helping hand, Some will choose Your way. Tomorrow may be too late!
In God’s kingdom, it’s harvest time every day!
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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