When my grandson was younger, he would often come down the road to visit me while I was working around my place. Many times, as I was tinkering on a project, he would ask to help. I would then think about what he could do and often nothing came to mind so I would just put him off. After he was gone, I would always beat myself up a bit that I didn’t allow him to do something on my project. If I had, he could have gone home and told his parents that he was helping Pop.

       I can imagine when God created the Garden of Eden, he may have been a little apprehensive about putting Adam there to work it. Do you really think God needed Adam to care for His garden? I’ve also thought a lot lately about Jesus calling His disciples. He simply invited them to “follow.” He ended up with twelve very flawed men, one being an outright traitor. The truth is, Jesus could have accomplished His work much better without their bungling, questions, failures and flaws. But that of course wasn’t His plan. His plan at creation, during His embodiment here on earth, and even now, has always been and always will be allowing us to participate with Him.

      There have also been many times when my grandson visited me as I was working and I offered him an opportunity to help and he wasn’t interested. I’ve never tried to force him to work with me, I only wanted to offer him an invitation. Have you ever noticed that the Lord never tries to force us to work alongside Him? He only extends the invitation and the choice is ours.

      For most of my 40 years or so of being a Christian, I have botched an awful lot of what the Lord has allowed me to do for Him. Reflecting on these years, I can clearly see that I was permitted to learn and grow in my faith through the mistakes. I know I would be but an infant in my walk with Christ had He not given me the opportunity to fumble the ball so many times. I have now finally come to realize that my greatest regret is that I didn’t join in with Him more often.

      I’m really hoping that my grandson and granddaughter don’t give up on their Pop and keep coming around asking to get involved. I’ve learned my lesson from the example given by the Great Teacher. I will never turn my kids away again.

       In John 4:35, Jesus said,

“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! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

      We should all be anxious to join in the harvest with the Master before the day is done!

“Living, really living, is experiencing a life that has not been wasted on yourself, but rather has been spent both examining and meeting the needs of others.”

(Wayne Hudson)