Here in our state, we see acres and acres of corn and we know it is one of the most important crops in the entire world.
Sweet corn that is so delicious you swear you’re eating candy. Feed corn that is used to feed animals and help them grow. And seed corn… sent over the oceans to countries that use it to grow their own crops of corn to feed their people or animals.
Corn is used in a multitude of ways. I can only think of a few, but they are amazing. Corn oil is used to fry veggies and chicken. Or corn is used to ferment and make alcohol. And with new technology, corn can be turned into Ethanol to help power engines.
And corn is a symbol of so much of fall. “Indian corn” with its multi-colored kernels adorns many tables in centerpieces of harvest blessings. And corn shucks are tied to fence and light posts to decorate our gates and doorways. And then there’s “candy corn” passed out as goodies for fall celebrations…the yellow, orange and white candies sold in bags and bags at the grocery store, all based on CORN!
If you’ve lived around a farm, or driven by one throughout the year, you know the hours of work involved in planting corn. First, there’s the preparation of the soil, making it soft and rich with nutrients to give the seeds an environment to grow and be healthy.
Then there’s the hours spent planting each one of those seeds. Can you believe that dried up seed will grow into that awesome ear of Peaches and Cream sweet corn???
Following that there’s watering, weeding, and praying a hail storm or strong wind doesn’t destroy the plant. Harvesting goes on in billows of dust and into the night. Ever see those harvesting machines with headlights on working into the night?
God bless our farmers!
Much the same routine goes on for all sorts of produce. But think for a moment about tomato plants, peppers, green beans, peas, squash, zucchini. Do you plant those in your home garden? How many tomatoes do you get per plant? How many peppers, beans, peas, etc.?
And for an apple tree, or cherry tree, or citrus tree of some sort…how many fruits pull at the branches?
You plant, water, weed, fertilize…harvest. Same kind of work for each plant, right?
But most varieties of CORN–each stalk so lovingly tended to–yield just ONE ear, maybe two! Did you know that? That is why we see acres and acres of corn in order to get bushels to be used in so many ways.
How many of us are willing to do just as much work for ONE thing as we are to get MANY things?
Do you know that Jesus would have gone through ALL he did, being made fun of, taunted, hated, lashed and crucified for ONE person? For YOU? That is how important you are to God.
Don’t forget it. YOU are His child…the fruit of His labor. YOU!
by Cindy Best