A sluggard does not plow in season;
so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
in season... what do i need to be doing IN THIS SEASON? that can not be done in any other season of my life?
raising teenagers (about to have two of those). rosie with a few short years left in elementary school. this is the season i am in right now.
the kjv version includes these words “will not plow by reason of the cold”. yes, sometimes it seems too cold to plow. the ground is too hard. the wind is too strong. i would rather be sipping hot chocolate by the glow of the television.
but autumn/winter is when you are supposed to plow (i guess, i am not much of a planter type girl) and the word can also mean “youth”.
yeah, i didn’t do a lot of plowing in my season of youth.
and at harvest times i did come up a bit empty handed.
but i am also younger today than i will be tomorrow...
so plow i must. and by plow the hebrew word has two meanings that seem a bit opposite to each other (yet, when one really thinks about what you are doing in plowing, which this one almost never thinks about, they are correct definitions of plowing)...
1) to cut in, engrave, devise
2) to be silent, be dumb, be speechless, be deaf
so what to i need to be engraving in this season... and what do i need to keep silent about in this season? what do i need to be deaf to?
what do i need to be leaving as a permanent mark that i was here, i was tending this soil, i was ready for the seed to be sown?
and where do i need to be speechless, what is not for me to see or hear?
because i do so like to see and hear a lot of things. things that maybe i don’t need to be involved in. things that need to be removed from the soil so that the seed can grow.
a time to plow, and a time to harvest...
each to their season.