I have a bottle of foaming bubble bath called “Lavender Harvest” sitting in my bathroom right now. I love its name. As I poured some of it into my bath this morning, I thought about how lavender, and other crops, are all harvested in their season.
Crops are so very obedient to the God who created them and built their DNA into them. Aside from extreme situations of flood or drought, they faithfully grow where they are planted, mature for a long growing season, then come to the harvest ready to fulfill the purpose for which God created them. In the case of lavender, it comes to the harvest ready to perfume sachets and potpourris and bubble baths and colognes and . . . It serves mankind in so many ways after it is harvested.
The Bible says, “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28, 29).
Those verses are often used to teach us not to worry about where our provision is coming from–that God is in control and will take care of us.
But don’t they also teach that the plants of the field are far more submitted to a sovereign God than we are? I have heard it said that humanity is the only part of creation that is in constant rebellion against the Creator. We question His wisdom on a daily basis, believing we know better than He does what we need to thrive.
How much better if we would quietly submit to His good plans for us, like the lavender of the field, letting God raise us to maturity and make us into a sweet fragrance for Himself and for our fellow humans around us.