“Jesus said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (LUKE 12:54-59)
When I read what Jesus was saying to the crowds in this passage from Luke, I thought He could have been talking about our area of the world in the upper plains. We have learned to "read" the appearance of the earth and sky around us very well. Maybe that is because we can see so much of it at a glance!
In this passage though, Jesus chastises the crowd and calls them hypocrites for being able to see the obvious things around them but not His reality directly in front of them. He sounds frustrated that despite all His outward signs and wondrous acts that they did not see Him for whom He truly was.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." Harvest season is in full gear everywhere we look. It is wonderful to watch the progress day by day as the crops are brought in. None of this would be possible however, if it were not for all the seeds that were sown last spring. Jesus was sent to us by God to sow the seeds of His love and spread His word to the ends of the earth. So the next time you see a combine in the field or a tractor hauling grain, look beyond what you see and consider the seeds your are sowing in your life.