We’ve never been a farmer.
There may have been a time four decades ago when we wanted to be, and maybe even a period that we thought of ourselves as one. But, when the raccoon broke its back trying to pick seed corn out of the crooked rows we planted with the two–row lister on a 1939 John Deere B, the writing on the wall was clear that we were not cut out to be farmer.
By the same token, we claim to be a rancher and hopefully a real cowboy, too. Different folks have varied philosophies on what criteria is necessary to fit those categories, but ours is “have cattle and grass and ride a horse.” We qualify.
However, what would we do without farmers, those who till the soil and produce food for the table? The entire population depends on farmers, even though most of the present generation doesn’t appreciation them or have a clue what they do.
Wheat harvest is upon us, and with what little we know about it, there should be a good size crop, despite all of the doom and gloom reports heard since seed was sown last fall. Admittedly, the late freeze destroyed some fields, and others were hurt. Still, in our opinion, there will be a large, if not bumper, wheat crop in the Wheat State this year.
Most essential of all crops is wheat, because it is the main ingredient for bread, the requirement, along with water, for survival of mankind. Despite many plants since the beginning, wheat is the most notable and is quoted in several parables of the Bible.
Jesus verifies in St. Matthew 13:24, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field.”
However, “The enemy came and sowed tares (noxious weeds) among the wheat, and went his way,” Jesus notes in St. Matthew 13:25.
This is not a problem because in St. Matthew 13:30, He advises, “Let them both grow together until the harvest, and I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
In St. Matthew 13:38, Jesus clarifies, “The field is the world; the good seeds are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.”
Through St. Matthew 13:39, Jesus summarizes, “The enemy that sowed them (tares) is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
Like the good wheat crop, Jesus is our salvation.