Saturday, October 2, 2010

Waiting for the Harvest


Saturday has rolled around again, bringing Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus along for the ride. And what a great ride it is! Especially this week, when we've been asked to respond to a picture, rather than a prompt. The photo in question is below, accompanied by 100 of my own words, doing their best to bring life to it.


Waiting for the Harvest

Leaving him was the hardest thing she did every Sunday. He looked even smaller in that hospital bed, trying to be brave, brown eyes betraying his feelings.

She saved her feelings for the drive, when tears of frustration wet her cheeks. Why did her prayers for relief go unanswered? How many children had come and gone, healed, while her boy remained, suffering? When would her prayers bear fruit?

Stretching before her, on either side of the road, lay her answer. Her row of prayers, like the softly glowing pumpkins gracing those fields, would be harvested when the time was right…God’s time.

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"To every thing, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

32 comments:

Terra said...

Beautiful Sue. Poignant reminder. In time.

Jackie said...

Great job and use of scripture !

Viki said...

This was amazing, Sue. I bet this would bring comfort to someone that was struggling with a child or anyone that was sick. Bravo!!

Jess said...

What a way to describe prayers like that- all lined up in a row, waiting to be harvested when the time is right. I love the imagery of it.

5thsister said...

Inspired, Sue. I do believe I needed to read this today...

Cheryl said...

Beautifully written Sue.

Dixie Mom said...

So believable and so beautiful. When I grow up, I want to be able to write like you.

jeff campbell said...

This is insanely good...speaks to my heart...Peace and blessings

Bookie said...

Sue, this is outstanding imagery and writing. So glad you "saw" the pumpkins in such a unique light!

yaya said...

Your faith and spirituality shines through your writing! Great job!

skinner675 said...

Beautifully written. I can say no more!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Wow, Sue, this was so beautiful and powerful. I just love your writing.
xoRobyn

Ames said...

Amen! Great use of the prompt! ~Ames

Lourie said...

Beautiful and very powerful too. Thanks.

Mumsy said...

This post is nothing short of wonderful! You are truly gifted dear Sue. Love this post very much. Hugs

karen said...

Sweet. And a good thing for someone like me to remember.

Just ME the MOM said...

Such a beautiful thought - and the perfect analogy. The harvest doesn't come until it's ready, I'm always impatient.

Kristin

Kaibee said...

well, this is my first visit to your blog and I adore it! :)

Beautiful post! :)

My name is PJ. said...

Wow, this was something every mother held her breath while reading...until the end. The end was faith, hope and love all rolled together, as only God can provide. I really loved it.

Deborah said...

That was just lovely.

razzamadazzle said...

Very touching. It's amazing how often we find our answers in the workings of nature.

Teresa

Judie said...

Sue, I had those thoughts while in Atanta over the summer. Rod's Mum was the most loving, kind, sweet, and beautiful of women. I loved her. Waiting by her bedside for the time to come was so spiritual for me.

Incidentally, she was born on Oct. 31.

Tgoette said...

What a lovely metaphor Sue! Great job this week!

Darlene said...

How you can get such feeling in such a short story, I will never know. Once again you have managed to write a story that captivates from the first sentence read. Who would think to relate a story like this with just a field of pumpkins to inspire? I know who....my very own daughter!! What a great post!

Amy said...

you always write about children, and I always want to cry. But so much faith! Wow. Beautifully written.

Tina said...

thats a nice thought and using the pumpkins in with the prayer wishes was a nice effect.

Tina from
Mummy Diaries

Donna said...

Oh, Sue, did that EVER tug at my heartstrings! Beautifully written, every word met it's mark to paint a poignant, meaningful picture...great work!!

Karen Sue said...

No success with my pumpkins this year...we'll be buying one from the roadside stand!! better give them another week or so...hate for them to be mushy too soon...

RockiBottom said...

an unexpected use of the prompt, but a beautiful one

cj Schlottman said...

Oh, Sue, this is so touching. Isn't it wonderful how prayers happen around us when we least expect them?

As usual, your wonderful way with words gives this piece a richness and intimacy that speaks to me in a personal way.

Thanks..........cj

Kat said...

Beautifully done Sue. So touching and heartfelt. I'm always amazed at your ability to express so much emotion in so few words. Bravo! Kat

Jenny said...

I'm sitting here this afternoon grieving the fact I can't be with two of my dearest friends in the world as he undergoes surgery for his third round of throat cancer.

And this really touched me.

And reminded me of a lot of things I've forgotten over the past several weeks.

Thank you.

You made me cry.

And gave me hope.

Thank you.

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