The Gleaning..

The well known sermon regarding the gleaning of the sheaves, those parts left behind for the poor, is a beautiful illustration of my interpretation of Bringing in the Sheaves.

Sheaves themselves are not what was was left for the poor, but a way of stacking and drying the wheat once it was cut. Sheaves were the way wheat was gathered before the industrial revolution manufactured machines to “bale” the hay. So Sheaves are the actual gatherings of the wheat prior to the invention of modern machinery.

The sheaves I speak of are the leftovers from the corners of the field. Those are the things we have symbolically cast aside as unimportant. And yes, these would be the unusable pieces that the poor would feed off to keep from starving.

Symbolically, we are the poor in my scenario. It is us who need to gather those remnants of things the Lord gave us in the past year which we thought had no value. Bind them together, stack them, store them for the future. For the Lord wants to bless those remnants as well. When I began journaling about this, the minute I started recanting the things in the past year that caused me pain or discomfort, the Lord showed me how to bind the pain and the joy together to bring the fullness of the harvest into the storehouse.

When life brings us trouble, we think of ourselves as being poor. We are not. Even those experiences, God wants to multiply and bless. And when they are bundled together, they produce abundance, whereas before, there was the assumption of lack. We were not created to do without. We were created to produce fruit, and to share, even those small, unusable bits and pieces with ourselves, our family and our friends. And yes, the poor. Even if we are the poor, God uses those remnants to fortify us for the future, and to plant again.