It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last, but this morning, I messed up. However, since God works all things for my good (Romans 8:28), I learned a few lessons from my mistake.
It was a beautiful, cool, September morning. I decided to be outdoors and get a little pruning in on the trees that were overhanging the street. I pruned my pecan tree. I cut all these overhanging limbs down with their many nuts. I thought that maybe those pecans were already ripe but the green sheathe had to be removed manually. Now some of you may think that silly, but I’ve never been much of a gardener and this was the first year we’ve had an abundance of pecans on our tree. Meantime, my neighbor came over and gave me the scoop on pecans. My pecans were probably not ripe, she said. Just in case, I opened one up. OH, NUTS! Some sticky gunk oozed out. What a mess!
So now that I know to wait for the pecans to fall down, what else did I learn? DON’T CRACK A NUT BEFORE IT’S RIPE! If you’re waiting for a loved one to come to Christ, God can crack the hardest nut and He knows just the right, ripe time! I’m praying while waiting for the harvest.
PS: Thank God, I still have a lot of pecans left on my tree!
Some Scriptures on the harvest:
Amos 9:13 HalleluYAH! Isn’t this an exciting promise?