“I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; for others labored and you have entered into their labor.” John 4:38
My mother loves roses and created a beautiful rose garden when she and her husband moved into their new retirement property 10 years ago.
It was a pleasure for them both to sit in their sunny veranda every day and look out on the beauty of the rose garden.
My mother used to pick the roses and arrange them in vases around the house where they would radiate their authentic rose scent – something one can rarely enjoy with shop-bought roses.
The rose garden still looks beautiful because my mother hires a gardener once per month but my step father died a year ago and my mother is too frail now to stand and pick roses as she once used to. That has become my job and it is my great joy to find the roses that want to come into the house, or be given as a gift to friends or grace the altar at our Soul Home Sacred Gatherings on a Sunday.
When the roses start to droop in the vase and loose their petals, I gather the petals that still have aliveness and float them in a glass bowl of water. I then place the bowl in front of my mother’s statue of a reclining woman – I call her “the goddess” – as an offering to the Divine Feminine.
As I walk among the roses with my secateurs, I remind myself that I am reaping where I have not sown. Most of the rose bushes were purchased by my mother and first planted when I was still living in Europe years ago. I had NOTHING to do with cultivating them except doing a bit of watering on very hot days. And yet I am privileged to harvest them and enjoy their beauty in overflowing abundance: no matter how many roses I pick, the garden still looks gloriously full. And even while I cut the roses from the bush, more roses are growing and about to bloom on other bushes around me.
The more I am conscious of the places in my life where I am “reaping where I have not sown,” the more I experience the fullness of the finished Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. For example:
- I did not make the clothes I wear
- I did not grow the food I eat
- I did not drill for the oil that goes in my car
- I did not make the paper I write on
- I did not design this WordPress software and yet I can use it to write my blogs.
The more you and I focus on that fullness, the more of that fullness is revealed to us. And thus, we change the world, one thought at a time, and others who come after us will reap the blessings of the fruits of this new consciousness which we have sown today.
Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.
“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” – Johann Richter