I was pleased to read in the Nov. 6 edition of The Lima News another motivational column by Dr. Jessica Johnson, a lecturer in the English Department at OSU-Lima. The headline stated, “It’s not just the food, it’s the spiritual harvest.” Dr. Johnson’s latest contribution features her statements from observing Lima farmers harvesting fields of corn and the comparable New Testament theme.
Dr. Johnson uses several Scripture verses that provide a firm bases for her faith and understanding of the relationship of planting and harvesting to what our lives produce: Mark 4: 26-29: “a farmer sowed his field, the seeds grew until the grain heads formed, then the farmers harvested it.” Luke 6:54: “a tree is known by the fruit it produces.”
Dr. Johnson reminds us of the many physical blessings God provides for our welfare. His gifts are often represented during the Thanksgiving season by the familiar scene of an abundance of food on the table — but according to Dr. Johnson, there is a greater meaning in the spiritual side by what our lives harvest or produce.
What does God see — what are the results of the seeds He planted — do we cultivate the traits and characteristics that identify God’s people as listed in Galatians 5:22-23: “joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Dr. Johnson sets the pattern with her final words, “I want my harvest to overflow to be a blessing to others.”
Thank you to The Lima News for making available this inspirational message to benefit all readers. We look forward to a continuation of this classic newspaper reporting.