In Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (ESV), it says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” In agriculture, there are indeed different seasons. There's sowing, growing, and harvesting. Then there's also the barn season, where the equipment is prepared. The harvesters and tractors need to be maintained and be ready to operate for the next season. Even the seed needs to be purchased and measured. Living in a city, some of these aspects can be lost to us because we only see the final product in the store—unless we have tried to plant and grow something in our backyard or in the kitchen. Regarding the barn season, it might seem as if this is a time to be lazy, when in fact there is a lot of work to still be done! This is affirmed later, in Ecclesiastes 11:4, where the author writes, “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
In the same way, preparation is vital to the believer's life. Whether it is personal, in the workplace, or even in ministry, those times of planning and preparing will help us put forth a successfully executed plan. I'm really happy with how the Easter Egg Event unfolded. There were many positive comments given and I can only praise the talent and diligence of the planning team. We held many meetings, purchased many items, and prayed for a successful event. And it came through! I pray for more successful events.
As our state continues to open up, so is the plan to resume in-person worship at SFCBC. Leaders, we really need you to participate in the soft openings! The planning and preparations have been put in place. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Indeed, this is part of the work during our “barn season” so that we can have a bountiful harvest season in the coming months.